A forgotten relative

She served as a Nurse in Egypt during WW1

By Donald Brett

On board the MALWA
Outside Cairo
Batch Wood, St Albans

These photographs were among several of the same young woman in my late father’s photo-album. She is clearly a member of our family but unfortunately is not named in the captions on the reverse of the prints. She is one of the three in the photograph on board the MALWA on route to Heliopolis in Egypt where these nurses tended to the wounded ANZACS brought from the Dardanelles.

She is pictured seated outside Cairo in the second photograph.

The third photograph was presumably taken after the war and shows her in Batch Wood, St Albans with her young daughter or son and dog.

I would be so pleased if any other family recognizes anyone in these pictures.

This page was added on 26/05/2014.

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  • Although we’re all assuming this was an English girl. There are several stories of Australian and NZ nurses meeting English servicemen and coming back with them to the UK.

    By V Richards (04/02/2016)
  • Looking at the passenger lists on Ancestry.co.uk (available at major libraries) I got down to just 37 young women who travelled on the Malwa to Egypt. I limited my research to the years 1915 to 1917, and the women’s ages to 20 to 30 during the approximate period of the war. Try this and see if you recognise a name!

    By V Richards (28/01/2016)