Wilhelmina Jane ‘Minna’ Solling

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SOLLING, Wilhelmina Jane ‘Minna’

Service no: Nurse

Place of birth: Orange, 18 January 1878

Address: West Maitland

Occupation: Nurse

Next of kin: Unknown. Johan Starinsky Solling was her father.

Date of enlistment: Unknown

Place of enlistment: Unknown

Age at enlistment: Unknown

Fate: Offered her services to the Imperial Government 1915. Embarked Sydney. Disembarked Egypt. Hospitalised with German measles early 1916. Departed Liverpool, England, arrived New York 27 October 1919. Lived in Moss Vale during the 1930s. Lived in Neutral Bay during the 1940s and 1950s.

Date of death: 19 September 1960, Sydney

Wilhelmina Jane ‘Minna’ Solling was born in Orange in 1878. Her mother, Jane, was the eldest daughter of Mr and Mrs William West of Balmoral, Canobolas. The family relocated to the Hunter region in the early 1880s.

‘Minna’, as she became known, trained at Sydney Hospital between 1903 and 1907. Following her training she worked at Berrima District Hospital, Perth Public Hospital and Bowral Public Hospital, later becoming Matron of the Crown Street Women's Hospital.

Part of Queen Alexandra's Imperial Military Nursing Service Reserve, ‘Minna’ nursed in Egypt, London and France.

Her name was mentioned in despatches by General Sir Douglas Haig in 1916 and she was awarded the Royal Red Cross for her bravery.

Her name appears on Wallalong Memorial, Maitland District Memorial and the honour roll of West Maitland Public School.

Two of Wilhelmena’s brothers, Eric Martin ‘Dick’ Solling and Reginald Solling also served during WWI. Eric was killed during the landing at Anzac Cove on 25 April 1915.

Sydney Morning Herald, 17 June 1916, p. 8.

Nurse Solling [1]

Great War Nurses from the Hunter [2]

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