Bessie PROUDFOOT firstly trained at the Childrens Hospital Perth for 3 years, before joining the staff . During this time she had acted as sister & night supervisor. She was working at the No. 8 Australian General Hospital at Fremantle immediately prior to enlistment.
05/05/1917-  Completed & Signed Australian Army Nursing Service Enlistment Form at No. 8 Australian General Hospital Fremantle WA
21/08/1917-  Accepted for Enlistment to A.A.N.S.
22/11/1917- Completed Medical Examination Perth WA
23/11/1917- Embarked from Fremantle on troopship ” Canberra ” bound for Egypt
21/12/1917- Disembarked at Alexandria and posted to 14th Australian General Hospital Abbassia
8/05/1918- Transferred to Duty Government Hospital Suez Egypt
12/06/1918- Rested at Convalescent Home Alexandria Egypt
22/06/1918- Rejoined duty at Government Hospital Suez
18/08/1918- Transferred 31st General Hospital Abbassia
13/10/1918- Sick to Hospital Egypt
19/10/1918-  Rejoined Duty at 31st General Hospital Abbassia ex Sickness
3/01/1919- Transferred 14th Australian General Hospital Abbassia
04/05/1919- Admitted Hospital Abbassia(Debility)
28/05/1919- Embarked Port Said Egypt aboard troop transport ship “Caledonia” bound for the United Kingdom to take Leave
9/06/1919- Granted Leave of one month in England
29/06/1919- Admitted Western Infirmary Glasgow Scotland ( Operation to remove Gallstones)- Initially reported Dangerous & Seriously Ill
12/08/1919- Transferred/Admitted 3rd Australian Aux Hospital Dartford England
15/08/1919- Granted Leave England
21/08/1919- Returned to duty at 3rd Australian Auxiliary Hospital Dartford ex Leave
25/10/1919- Embarked England for Australia per ” Orontes “( Duty Nursing Staff throughout the voyage)
29/11/1919- Disembarked Melbourne, VIC
16/12/1919- Discharged from Service ( Medically Unfit )

 

Service Medals Awarded

British War Medal – No. 21386

Victory Medal – No. 20308.

 

Post war Bessie nursed at the Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital in Melbourne before transferring to private nursing duties in Sydney NSW. She undertook Karitane Training( parent child interaction therapy) in the 1920’s and married Doctor George Thomas Hamlyn HARRIS at Sydney in 1924 ( They had met in Cairo Egypt during the war)and subsequently had two children. Dr. HARRIS was recorded as living at Rylstone NSW in 1925.

AUTHOR NOTES

(1)- Thanks to Dr. Kirsty HARRIS  (  Grand-daughter of Nurse Bessie PROUDFOOT )  and author of ” More than Bombs and Bandages: Australian Army Nurses at work in World War 1 (2011)”, Big Sky Publishing Pty Ltd, ISBN: 9780980814057(HBK)  for additional details and for advising the PROUDFOOT Family were Boyanup Residents from 1900-1903 .

(2)- Thanks to Bill and Margaret WEIR (Sunshine Coast) for additional information and newspaper references.