My great grand aunt Eleanor Bessie Stacy (1879-1925) was a World War I nurse with Queen Alexandra's Imperial Military Nursing Service (QAIMNS) and later the Australian Army Nursing Service (AANS).
I have a copy of her QAIMNS service record (WO/399/7869) from The National Archives and a small excerpt from that is pictured below.
Using several sources I am confident that she travelled from Australia to Egypt on the Marwa, embarking in Adelaide on 8 Apr 1915 and disembarking at Cairo on 1 May 1915.
This was only 6-7 days after the ANZACs landed at Gallipoli, Turkey and the Chronicle of 18 May 1918 supports my understanding that she would have attended to many of the wounded from that nine month long event.
Her service is recorded on an Army Form B. 103 which seems to be designed for another purpose and I am having trouble understanding the entry with:
- Date: 26.6.15
- From where received: 17 Gen Hp ["17" is hard to read]
- Joined for duty
- Place of Casualty: Alexandria
- Date of Casualty: 30.6.15
- Remarks: B.213
I think this is saying that she joined the 17th General Hospital at Alexandria on 26 Jun 1915 but I am not clear what the second date represents.
In any event there seems to be a gap from her disembarkation on 1 May 1915 at Suez to 26 Jun 1915.
Does anyone have experience reading such a form and be in a position to enlighten me on where she is likely to have been serving in that period 1 May 1915 to 26 Jun 1915?