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March 4, 2016

Annie Westcott AANS WW1 Memorial Service in Ballarat

by vipsinc

Memorial Service to commemorate
Annie Westcott AANS WW1
(1875-1951)
and in memory of all forgotten nurses of WW1
Saturday 27th of February 2016
Ballarat Old Cemetery

Annie Maynard Westcott was 24 when she commenced her training at the Ballarat Base Hospital, and with 16 years of Nursing and administration experience, she joined the Australian Army Nursing Service in October 1915.

She was buried with other family members whose names were recorded on adjacent headstones, however Annie’s name was missing. Discovering she was lying anonymously in the Old Ballarat Cemetery, the Ballarat Base Trained Nurses League set about raising funds to give Annie her identity and recognition.

Her story came to light during the preparation of the book “They answered their countries call’ written by Garry Snowden.

Ballarat Courier: http://www.thecourier.com.au/story/3755843/hearing-annies-story/

Ballarat Miner: http://theminer.net.au/identity-restored-to-forgotten-nurse/

 

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