Elma Mary LINKLATER started nurse training at Sydney Hospital NSW in January 1909 and stayed on after graduation to work at the hospital until January 1913. She then transferred to Maryborough Hospital where she worked until her enlistment for war service.
26/04/1915- Completed Application for Enlistment in Australian Army Nursing Service at Sydney NSW
15/05/1915-Embarked Sydney aboard”Mooltan” bound for England
27/06/1915- Disembarked Plymouth England
18/07/1915-  Embarked Devonport England aboard “Themistocles” bound for Egypt
30/07/1915- Disembarked Alexandria Egypt
06/08/1915- Disembarked Alexandria aboard “Dunluce Castle” bound for Mudros Lemnos
09/08/1915- Disembarked Mudros to temporary accvommodation aboard “Simla”and same day started nursing duties in makeshift tent operations
14/01/1916- Embarked Mudros aboard Hospital Ship Oxfordshire” bound for Egypt
23/01/1916- On Duty at No. 3 Australian General Hospital Abbassia Egypt
22/08/1916- Granted Leave Egypt
29/08/1916- Rejoined 3rd Australian General Hospital Abbassia ex Leave
25/09/1916- Proceeded Overseas England to Duty at 3rd Australian General Hospital based within the Kitchener War Hospital at Brighton
5/10/1916- Began duty with No. 3 Australian General Hospital Brighton England
19/02/1917- Granted Leave England
4/03/1917- Rejoined Unit England ex Leave
11/04/1917- Proceeded Overseas France to join re-located 3rd Australian General Hospital  France at Abbeville France
18/04/1917- Detached for Duty with No. 3 Casualty Clearing Station Abbeville France
25/04/1917-  Rejoined No. 3 Australian General Hospital Abbeville France ex Detachment
5/03/1918- Granted Leave England
21/03/1918- Rejoined Unit at Abbeville  ex Leave
7/04/1918- SPECIAL MENTION IN DESPATCHES from Sir Douglas Haig-“For conspicuous Service”
31/07/1918- Granted Special Leave England
9/08/1918- Rejoined Unit Abbeville ex Special Leave
8/01/1919- Granted Leave in South of France
25/01/1919- Rejoined Unit Abbeville ex Leave
16/04/1919- 3rd Australian General Hospital Abbeville closed for admissions
20/05/1919- Granted Leave England
3/06/1919-  Awarded ROYAL RED CROSS DECORATION ( 2nd Class )
3/07/1919- Embarked England for Australia per “Prinz Hubertus”
26/08/1919- Disembarked Australia
26/10/1919- Discharged from Service(Termination of Period of Enlistment).

3/10/1962- Died at 83 Years of Age- buried Bunbury General Cemetery- Presbyterean Section- Grave No. A11 .

 

SIBLINGS SERVICE DETAILS

Sister- LINKLATER, Staff Nurse Bessie, Australian Army Nursing Service (AANS). Enlisted- 7th June 1917, Served in Salonika, Died on 19th February 1921 aged 39 years in childbirth at  Nursing Home Wallington Surrey England,

Brother- LINKLATER, Lance Corporal James Munro- 2941- 32nd Battalion, Enlisted- 18th February 1916, Discharged- 16th February 1919 (Medically Unfit).

 

SERVICE MEDALS AWARDED

1914/1915 Star No. 4876
British War Medal No. 11430
Victory Medal No. 11241
M.I.D Emblem No. 2858
M.I.D Certificate

(1)-MENTION IN DEPATCHES
Date of Commonwealth of Australia Gazette:  24 October 1918
Location in Commonwealth of Australia Gazette:  Page  2057,  Position  62.

Date of London Gazette:  28 May 1918
Location in London Gazette:  Page 6203,  Position  132.

(2)- AWARDED ROYAL RED CROSS DECORATION ( 2ND  CLASS )

“For long service, devotion to duty, skill, energy and cheerfulness in her work and for dedicated work in France & Flanders”

Date of Commonwealth of Australia Gazette:  15 September  1919
Location in Commonwealth of Australia Gazette:  Page  1372,  Position  7.

Date of London Gazette:  3 June 1919
Location in London Gazette:  Page 6842,  Position  7.

(3)- AWARD AFTER DISCHARGE FROM SERVICE

Recommended for ROYAL RED CROSS DECORATION ( FIRST CLASS )-” For Long Service, Devotion to Duty, Skill,  Energy & Cheerfulness in her work”

 

AUTHOR COMMENT

Thanks to Dr. Kirsty HARRIS for additional information:-

“More than Bombs and Bandages- Australian Army Nurses at Work in World War 1”,( by Kirsty HARRIS) Big Sky Publishing Pty Ltd (2011),  ISBN: 9780980814057(HBK).