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Unveil WW1 nurses tribute

TAKING the opportunity to recognise the servicemen and women interred or memorialised at Rookwood Cemetery and beyond, a Remembrance Day event will be held this Friday, November 8, at 10am in All Souls Chapel, Hawthorne Avenue, Rookwood Cemetery

“Proceedings will commence with a Morning Tea, followed by a memorial service and poppy placing ceremony,” a spokesperson said.
“We will also broadcast the unveiling of two restored WW1 nurses’ monuments. This restoration project was co-funded by the Friends of Rookwood and completed by staff volunteers.”
Monument unveilings will recognise:
• Pearl Stella Goodman, Staff Nurse.
Pearl joined the AIF in October 1915, serving at the 1st Military District Hospital, before proceeding overseas to France in March 1917. She was hospitalised in October 1917 with tuberculosis and served at Southwell Gardens while recuperating. Pearl then returned to Australia for continued treatment and passed away on the March 3, 1919, aged 32 years. While she was buried with Military Honours, she was never given a headstone, and has been in an unmarked grave at Rookwood Cemetery for 100 years.
• Millicent Steuart Cobcroft, Nursing Sister.
Millicent enlisted in AIF in January 1916, serving in Egypt and Suez. She was hospitalised with influenza in Suez in mid-1918 and returned to Australia in October 1919. Millicent passed away on July 22, 1933, aged 57 years and was buried in a family grave at Rookwood Cemetery with her mother who had died when Millicent was two years of age.
For more info or to register your attendance at the event, call 8575 8100.

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