On Thursday May 20, 1915, aged 39 years seven months, Anne Donnell enlisted in WW1, joining the A.I.F. as a 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 May 26, 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.

20.05.1915Departed Adelaide on board the RMS Mooltan.
27.06.1915RMS Mooltan arrives Plymouth England, nurses prepare to serve in France.
02.07.1915Anne receives orders to proceed to Mudros Harbour on Lemnos.
09.08.1915No. 19 British General Hospital (Deaconesses’ Hospital), Alexandria.
23.09.1915General Babtie would not allow Mrs Fiaschi to go to Lemnos after reaching Alexandria, consequently Anne stayed behind as midwife.
09.10.1915Anne is on HM Hospital ship S.S. Galeka.
12.10.1915Anchored in the outer harbour at Mudros.
14.10.1915Anne 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.
31.10.1915Today I’m wishing myself a happy birthday.
14.01.1916Boarded HM Hospital ship Oxfordshire in Mudros harbour.
21.01.1916Anne left Lemnos Island, Greece, after the evacuation of Gallipoli.
23.01.1916Disembarked at Alexandria.
26.01.1916Abbassia Barracks, Egypt, 3rd Australian General Hospital
10.04.1916Still on night duty, Anne diagnoses a patient with smallpox.
17.05.1916Anne has been officially informed to be packed up and ready to leave in six weeks.
01.09.1916Wattle Day, our Hospital was all astir early this morning in getting away over 300 of our boys and sending them home.
25.09.1916Anne leaves Egypt for England on the first Australian hospital ship Karoola.
05.10.1916Anne arrives in Brighton, England with the 3rd AGH.
06.10.1916Kitchener Hospital
23.01.1917The rumours have started again, and the latest one is that we are going to France.
10.02.1917I 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.
27.04.1917Anne leaves for France with the 3rd AGH.
03.05.1917Abbeville, France. We see the acutest work and the havoc the war plays on our precarious human lives.
05.05.1917Anne was promoted to Sister.
June 1917Hospital LeTreport, acute hut 40 beds.
12.07.191738th Stationary Hospital, Calais B.E.F. France.
22.11.191748th Casualty Clearing Station, between Ytres & Etricourt
18.01.1918Sick Sisters Hospital in Abbeville via Perone & Amiens.
01.02.1918Hotel de l’Esterel (Lady Gifford), Cannes.
28.02.1918Anne returns to active duty 3rd AGH, Abbeville.
09.03.1918Admitted sick to 2nd Stationary Hospital, Abbeville.
17.03.1918Admitted Southwell Gardens P.U.O.
18.05.1918No. 2 Australian Auxillary Hospital, Southall.
24.05.1918No. 1 Australian Auxilliary Hospital, Harefield Park Middlesex, England – night duty.
11.11.1918Harefield Park, England. ‘The Kaiser has chucked his job in’.
17.01.1919Boarded the Margha, 10 nurses and approximately 600 troops left Devonshire, England 19.01.1919.
28.02.1919Sister Anne Donnell returns home to Australia.