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Volunteers of Essendon and Flemington, 1914-1918


Sister Elizabeth Gertrude Fleming at No 3 Australian Auxiliary Hospital,

Dartford   AWM P10997.040


Fleming E G    Sister        Elizabeth Gertrude            1 AGH    35    Nurse    Single    Pres        

Address:    Ascot Vale, Warrick St, “Fernside”  

Next of Kin:    Fleming, Jessie, Miss, “Fernside”, Warrick St, Ascot Vale    

Enlisted:    28 Nov 1914        

Embarked:     A55 Kyarra 5 Dec 1914 

Awards: Royal Red Cross, Mentioned in Despatches


Group of the matron and nursing staff of the 1st Australian Stationary Hospital

includes Sister Elizabeth Gertrude Fleming, seated far right in the front row,  It was

taken in Ismailia, Egypt circa February 1915.  Australian War Memorial Collection, C02305.



Essendon Gazette 29 July 1915


Sister G. Fleming. of Ascot Vale, is reported as being ill in the 1st A. G. Hospital.




Gertrude Fleming took this photo of Lieutenant-General Sir Henry George Chauvel on horseback.  AWM P00054.001


Australian nurses and soldiers outside No 1 Australian Stationary Hospital Officers' Hospital, Heliopolis, Egypt,

May- June 1916. Identified, standing: Lieutenant Warwick Edward Charles Gregory (later MC); Staff Nurse Edith Sommerville Thistlethwaite: Sister Shepard. Seated: Sr Fleming; 1169 Private Harold Taylor Piercy (holding a camera). 

AWM P10997.028



Award: Associate of the Royal Red Cross

Date of London Gazette: 23 February 1917

Date of Commonwealth of Australia Gazette: 25 July 1917


The Herald Tuesday Evening MAY 22 1917


“Two months ago Sister E Gertrude Fleming received the Royal command to attend Buckingham Palace, so that she might be invested with the Royal Red Cross. When the war was declared Miss Fleming belonged to the Australian Army Nursing Services Corps and at once volunteered.  She left Australia with the first nursing unit, and saw two years service in Egypt. For the last five months she has been nursing at No 3 Australian Auxuliary Hospital Dartford. Miss Fleming now holds the position of senior sister. She is a trainee of the Melbourne Hospital. Her sister Miss Neni Fleming is on the staff of the Caulfield Military Hospital.”

Courtesy of Margaret Fleming.


Award: Mention in Despatches

Date of London Gazette: 31 December 1918

Date of Commonwealth of Australia Gazette: 23 May 1919


Two portraits of Gertrude, courtesy of user RyaCad on Ancestry.


Gertrude was a student at Ascot Vale Girls’ High School (renamed Penleigh Girls’ School in 1912) and was President of the former student association “Ad Altiora Club”  in 1919.


Elizabeth Gertrude Fleming was recommended for the Royal Red Cross Award by the Surgeon General, Director of Medical Services AIF for "Exceptionally meritorious service in connection with nursing care of the sick and wounded officers and men on 23/1/1917".


No title. (1914, November 26). Table Talk

(Melbourne, Vic. : 1885 - 1939), p. 3.




Nurses and the Silver Grills (Sanitary Section) with group of patients after a cricket match played at the 3rd Australian General Hospital. Note the comic characters, two dogs, box of 'Snakes.' Note also the very wide bat with a crescent moon on the front.   Given that there are 11 sisters lined up in the second row, and 11 men in blackface in the first and third rows, presumably the match was between the sisters and the Sanitary Section.  Sister Fleming is identified as number 23 in the group portrait.  Taken at Abbeville, Somme, 2 August 1918.  AWM E02769K   


The Argus 24 July 1920


Their Excellencies the Governor-General (Sir Ronald Munro Ferguson) and Lady Helen Munro Ferguson, visited the military sanatorium at Macleod yesterday, where they were met by Major Moore (O.C.) and Matron Fleming and Red Cross representatives. Her Excellency hoisted a flag presented by St. Paul's (Kyneton) Red Cross branch. The flagstaff was a gift from the Welfield Red Cross branch.


After afternoon tea their Excellencies visited the patients and the convalescents, and inspected a line collection of fancy work and photography, the work of the inmates.




Sister Elizabeth Gertrude Fleming,  The Penleigh Magazine 1919, p.24. Circa 1896. 

Courtesy of Penleigh and Essendon Grammar School Archives.



Gertrude married in 1922, aged 42.  Her husband, William Hunter, was 31.


HUNTER-FLEMING. -On the 17th April, at Malvern Presbyterian Church, by the Rev. D. Macrae Stewart, William, son of James and Mary Hunter, of Beenak, to E. Gertrude, daughter of the late William and Jessie Fleming, of Ascotvale.  

The Argus, Fri 4 Aug 1922, p.1, http://trove.nla.gov.au/ndp/del/article/1837335


Information courtesy of Brigid Cooper.


The Hunters lived in Ballarat until William died prematurely at the age of 44 in 1936.



Family Notices. (1935, December 26). The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957), p. 1.

Retrieved March 5, 2015, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article11867809


111 ABD [Able Bodied Driver] William Hunter had embarked with the Royal Australian Navy Bridging Train and served at Madras, Egypt and England. He reached the rank of Petty Officer in the Navy. He left Egypt for England in June 1916, and in July was transferred to the 36th Heavy Artillery Group with the rank of Corporal.  He returned to Australia in October 1917 for discharge, though the reason is not clear in his B2455 Service record.  His premature death suggests it was due to war service.


Gertrude returned Warrick St,  Ascot Vale after the death of her husband, and lived there with her sister until her death in 1969.


War Service Commemorated

Ascot Vale Presbyterian Church (G Miss)

Ascot Vale State School (G Nurse)




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