Florence Laura Lewis

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Members of the Australian Army Nursing Service outside the Ivanhoe Hotel in London c1916. Florence Lewis is in the 4th row, 4th from the left. Image courtesy Australian War Memorial.

LEWIS, Florence Laura

Service no: Nurse [1]

Place of birth: Orange, 29 February 1888

Address: Avoca, The Avenue, Granville

Occupation: Nurse

Next of kin: Rhoda Selina Lewis (mother), Avoca, The Avenue, Granville

Date of enlistment: 14 July 1915

Place of enlistment: N/A

Age at enlistment: 27

Fate: Embarked HMAT A67 Orsova Sydney 14 July 1915. Embarked Euripides Suez for Melbourne 29 August 1915. Reported back to 2nd Australian General Hospital on completion of the special transport duty 20 November 1915. Proceeded for duty to No. 4 Auxiliary Hospital 30 January 1916. Joined British Expeditionary Force Marseilles 4 April 1916. Detached from 2nd Australian General Hospital and proceeded to St Omer for duty Marseilles 17 June 1916. Posted to No. 32 Stationary Hospital, Wimereux, France, 19 July 1916. Reported for duty from No. 18 British General Hospital, Wimereux, France, 23 August 1916. Proceeded to England on resignation of appointment 1 September 1916. Discharged in England, having resigned her appointment, 9 September 1916.

Date of death: 14 June 1976

Buried: Rookwood Cemetery, Roman Catholic Section 14, Row 8, Grave 695

Florence Laura Lewis was born in Orange in 1888 to Edward and Rhoda Lewis. Florence was nursing at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital in Sydney prior to her war service. She enlisted in July 1915 and served initially on transport duty. She subsequently served in France, where she met the Irish-born Major Michael Fitzgerald, a widower, who had enlisted in the AIF and served in Gallipoli. Nurse Lewis resigned her appointment and married Michael in Dublin in September 1919.

Michael and Florence retuned to Australia and settled in Goulburn. They had seven children, two of whom died in infancy.

Florence died in Strathfield, New South Wales, on 14 June 1976, aged 88 years. She is buried in Rookwood Cemetery.

  • Michael Fitzgerald [2]
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