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Volunteers of Essendon and Flemington, 1914-1918



SISTER EMILY CLARE, AA.N.S., AI.F. Sister Clare succumbed to an

attack of pneumonia on, 17th October, whilst on the nursing

staff of the Dublin Hospital, Deolali, India.

SOCIAL AND PERSONAL. (1918, November 2). Independent

(Footscray, Vic. : 1883 - 1922), p. 2. Retrieved November

24, 2014, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article74258990


Clare E     Staff Nurse    Emily      Nurses    27    Nurse    Single    R C       

Address:    Kensington, Collett St, 46

Next of Kin:    Clare, M, Mrs, mother, 46 Collett St, Kensington   

Enlisted:    7 Nov 1917       

Embarked:     SS Canberra 16 Nov 1917 (Sydney)   


Date of Death:  17 October 1918, India    Sister

CWGC:  "Daughter of Peter and Mary Clare, of 34, Lynch St., Footscray, Victoria, Australia".
Kirkee 1914-1918 Memorial, Kirkee War Cemetery, Maharashta, India (Roll of Honour, AWM)



Writing to her sister (Mrs Drever, of Stirling street), Nurse E. Clare, of the Victoria War Hospital, Bombay, sends along some interesting details: "After arriving here on the 13th December, we were quarantined owing to the development of cholera among one of our company. We enjoyed our five days' stay at Colombo, which is a very beautiful place, and came overland from there after a short trip by steamer. It took us 5 days by rail to get here, in a very comfortable train, with magnificent scenic wonders stretching as far as the eye could see, all the way.


Bombay is rather an extraordinary place. They call it the "city that never sleeps," and perhaps it is aptly described. At the time of writing I sit doing night duty, and no matter what time one looks out - be it 3 or 4 a.m., or any time - people are always moving about the streets.


Up to a few nights ago I had been nursing in the prisoners' ward (Turks and Germans). An incident occurred where one of the Germans sent the orderly I had when I was in that ward up to me with two lions' claws, as a souvenir, with his grateful thanks for what I did for them when I was there." Sister Clare does not hide the fact of her hatred for the Germans, notwithstanding this act, but takes more than a passing interest in the Turks. The letter goes on to say: "The Turks and Germans have quite a cordial form of hate towards each other. We had three Turkish lieutenants, and really they were very handsome and most gentlemanly fellows. The natives here are interesting, and the Parsee ladies exquisitely dainty. They wear gorgeously tinted garments of richest design and quality. The Indian sari consists of yards of silk, in which they gracefully encircle their bodies, and drapes over their heads in fantastic form that quite becomes their peculiar beauty. It might be said that the wealth among the Parsees wings high beyond even the dreams of insatiable desire. Their residences are so enormously spacious as to beggar description and stagger belief. In fact, one is vividly reminded of Solomon's glory. There is magnificence in the buildings and beautiful statuary that abler pens than mine might find it difficult to describe.


Sister Clare took two months to reach her place of duty, and not having had a pay since her arrival, felt the inconvenience of a reduced purse. She was advised when leaving Australia that ten pounds would be plenty of money to have on hand, and this is all she took. "In future," said the nurse, " I will do what I think best myself without the aid of other people's advice. We are not allowed outside the city, as cholera is raging - at present over 600 deaths in a week." Sister Clare thinks that as the Mesopotamian conflict is practically at an end, she will be transferred to another centre, and hopes it will be her lot to visit Italy. -


SISTER CLARE IN INDIA. (1918, April 27). Independent (Footscray, Vic. : 1883 - 1922), p. 1. Retrieved November 24, 2014, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article74258062


This list of personal effects of Staff Nurse Emily Clare is filed in her B2455 record.  It gives an
interesting insight into the kit with which a nurse travelled. 


The following are among the names of
the successful candidates at the half yearly
examination held by the Royal Victorian
Trained Nurses' Association on November
21 and 22. —
Stawell Hospital, Emily Clare.

NURSES' EXAMINATION. (1916, December 18).  
The Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1870; 1914 - 1918),
p. 4.  http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article154692996

Sister Clare had trained for three years at the Stawell Hospital. She died of pneumonia, aged 28. 


War Service Commemorated



In Memoriam


CLARE. — On the 17th October, at Military Hospital,

India, Staff Nurse Emily Clare, A.A.N.S., dearly loved

youngest daughter of Mary and the late Peter Clare,

of Kensington; much loved sister of Harry, Will, Ernie,

Mrs. Simmons, Mrs. Drever, Mrs. Davidson and Mrs.

Bunnell.   Eternal rest grant her, O Lord. 


Family Notices. (1918, October 22). The Age (Melbourne,

Vic. : 1854 - 1954), p. 1. Retrieved November 24, 2014,

from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article155236930


CLARE.— On the 17th October, at Welsh Military

Hospital, India, of pneumonia, Emily (Sister Clare),

A.A.N.S., dearly loved sister of Harry and Maggie

Clare, and loving aunt, of Emily Will, Peter, Eva

and Arthur Clare. Her duty nobly done.

—Inserted by her loving brother, Harry, and sister

in-law, Maggie Clare.


CLARE.- On the 17th October, at the Welsh

Military Hospital, India, of pneumonia, Emily

(Sister Clare) A.A.N.S., dearly loved sister of

Olive and Jack Davidson, loving aunt of

Willie. Ernie and Iris, aged 28 years. So dearly

loved, so sadly missed.

—Inserted by her loving sister and brother

-in-law, Olive and Jack.


Family Notices. (1918, October 25). The Age

(Melbourne, Vic. : 1854 - 1954), p. 1.



CLARE.— On the 17th October, died in Indian Hospital,

Staff-Nurse Clare, dearly and much-loved sister of W.

and M. Clare, step-aunt, of Alida Beebe. So dearly

loved, so deeply mourned.

— Inserted by her loving brother and sister-in-law,  

W . and M. Clare, Newmarket.


Family Notices. (1918, October 26). The Age (Melbourne,

Vic. : 1854 - 1954), p. 7. Retrieved November 24, 2014,

from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article155231045

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