Nellie Leake

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Three nurses of No 3 Australian General Hospital and an unidentified soldier during a walk on an island, probably Lemnos. Left to right: Charlotte Donnelly, Kathleen Lillie Doyle and Nellie Leake. Image courtesy Australian War Memorial

LEAKE, Nellie

Service no: Sister [1]

Place of birth: Orange

Address: Orange

Occupation: Nurse

Next of kin: Elizabeth Leake (mother), Anson Street, Orange

Date of enlistment: 26 April 1915

Place of enlistment: Sydney

Age at enlistment: 32

Fate: Embarked RMS Mooltan Sydney 15 May 1915. Posted to Lemnos 1916. Posted to Abbassia 1916. Awarded Royal Red Cross, 2nd class 1 January 1917. Promoted to Sister 5 May 1917. Posted to No. 3 Australian General Hospital, France 16 August 1917. Hospitalised France 3 July 1918. Invalided to UK 6 July 1918, suffering from debility. Discharged from hospital 12 July 1918. Posted to 3rd Australian Auxiliary Hospital, Dartford, UK 1 September 1918. Returned to Australia 3 June 1919. Discharged from duty 2 August 1919.

Nurse Nellie Leake trained at Sydney Hospital, where, as a second year assistant nurse she was awarded second prize in 1908, which was presented by the Governor, Sir Harry Rawson.

Nurse Leake enlisted in April 1915, aged 32. She served in Greece, Egypt, England and France. As a staff nurse at the No 3 Australian General Hospital on the island of Lemnos in Greece she nursed Australian casualties from the Gallipoli campaign.

Nurse Leake returned to Orange in August 1919. Her name appears on the Holy Trinity Church Orange Honour Roll.

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