On Thursday May 20th 1915, aged 39 years 7 months, Anne Donnell enlisted in WW1, joining the A.I.F. as staff nurse of the 3rd Australian General Hospital. Anne was described as five feet two and a half inches tall of medium complexion with light blue grey eyes, with her brown hair already starting to grey. She was a South Australian from Cherry Gardens, Adelaide. Anne sailed on 26th May 1915 on the “Mooltan” going first to England, then back to Egypt via Malta. Anne’s war took her to Greece, Egypt, France and England. None of it was easy. The Great War was a vicious part of history.
20.05.1915 Departed Adelaide on board the RMS Mooltan.
27.06.1915 RMS Mooltan arrives Plymouth England, nurses prepare to serve in France.
02.07.1915 Anne receives orders to proceed to Mudros Harbour on Lemnos.
09.08.1915 No. 19 British General Hospital (Deaconesses’ Hospital), Alexandria.
23.09.1915 General Babtie would not allow Mrs Fiaschi to go to Lemnos after reaching Alexandria, consequently Anne stayed behind as midwife.
09.10.1915 Anne is on HM Hospital ship S.S. Galeka.
12.10.1915 Anchored in the outer harbour at Mudros.
14.10.1915 Anne arrives Lemnos, the Australian sisters were still living in tents. The British and Canadians were living comfortably in huts. By now there were many hospitals and convalescent camps situated on Lemnos.
31.10.1915 Today I’m wishing myself a happy birthday.
14.01.1916 Boarded HM Hospital ship Oxfordshire in Mudros harbour.
21.01.1916 Anne left Lemnos Island, Greece, after the evacuation of Gallipoli.
23.01.1916 Disembarked at Alexandria.
Feb 1916 Abbassia Barracks, Egypt, 3rd Australian General Hospital.
10.04.1916 Still on night duty, Anne diagnoses a patient with smallpox.
17.05.1916 Anne has been officially informed to be packed up and ready to leave in six weeks.
01.09.1916 Wattle Day, our Hospital was all astir early this morning in getting away over 300 of our boys and sending them home.
25.09.1916 Anne leaves Egypt for England on the first Australian hospital ship Karoola.
05.10.1916 Anne arrives in Brighton, England with the 3rd AGH.
06.10.1916 Kitchener Hospital
23.01.1917 The rumours have started again, and the latest one is that we are going to France.
10.02.1917 I am afraid of what we all dreaded most is going to happen, the breaking up of our family. We are told there are to be no Units and we’ll be placed here and there by the wills of the powers that be.
27.04.1917 Anne leaves for France with the 3rd AGH.
03.05.1917 Abbeville, France. We see the acutest work and the havoc the war plays on our precarious human lives.
05.05.1917 Anne was promoted to Sister.
June 1917 Hospital LeTreport, acute hut 40 beds.
12.07.2017 38th Stationary Hospital, Calais B.E.F. France.
22.11.1917 48th Casualty Clearing Station, between Ytres & Etricourt
18.01.1918 Sick Sisters Hospital in Abbeville via Perone & Amiens.
01.02.1918 Hotel de l’Esterel (Lady Gifford), Cannes.
28.02.1918 Anne returns to active duty 3rd AGH, Abbeville.
09.03.1918 Admitted sick to 2nd Stationary Hospital, Abbeville.
17.03.1918 Admitted Southwell Gardens P.U.O.
18.05.1918 No. 2 Australian Auxillary Hospital, Southall.
24.05.1918 No. 1 Australian Auxilliary Hospital, Harefield Park Middlesex, England – night duty.
11.11.1918 Harefield Park, England. ‘The Kaiser has chucked his job in’.
17.01.1919 Boarded the Margha, 10 nurses and approximately 600 troops left Devonshire, England 19.01.1919.