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Who was Ella Tucker?
Transcript of Who was Ella Tucker?
Ella Tucker was a 28 year old lady from Derby, Tasmania, her occupation at the time was a nurse.
When I think about it, Sister Ella was around my cousins age when she set off halfway around the world, treating injured soldiers. If you think about girls now, they don't stop to think... Wow Ella Tucker was a very brave lady. Most girls are too worried about their appearance or how many followers they have on Instagram. Imagine how brave, yet scared Sister Ella would have felt.
Who was Ella Tucker?
On the 21st of November, 1914, Sister Ella Tucker was enlisted in the Australian Army Nursing Service. She was a member of the 2nd Australian General Hospital, Nursing Staff. Sister Ella left for the war from Melbourne, Victoria, on board the HMAT A55 Kyarra on the 5th of December, 1914. Sister Ella spent 9 months aboard the Gascon, treating injured soldiers. She returned to Australia just over 4 years later on the 14th of February, 1919.
How was she involved in the Gallipoli war?
"Every night there are two or three deaths, sometimes five or six." Sister Ella said it was just awful flying from one ward to another. "Each night was a nightmare, the patients' faces all looked so pale..."
Sister Ella was looking after these men some with illnesses and some with lost limbs. Most of these men would have been no older then 15 when they left their families to go fight in the war.
Sister Ella's experience at the war
As well as soldiers, nurses played a big part at war. The nurses were the ones who helped the soldiers recover from their wounds or illnesses that they experienced over the war.
I thought it would be interesting inquiring into a nurse's point of view on the war, as nurses were the "unsung" heroes of war effort.
Why did I choose Sister Ella Tucker?
Unknown. (2010). The nurses' experience of Gallipoli from their letters. Available: http://www.anzacsite.gov.au/5environment/nurses.html. Last accessed 1/5/15.
Wikipedia. (2015). Royal Red Cross. Available: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Royal_Red_Cross. Last accessed 5/5/15.
The AIF Project. (2015). Ella Jane Tucker. Available: https://www.aif.adfa.edu.au/showPerson?pid=305174. Last accessed 5/5/15.
Awards Ella was awarded
Ella's war efforts were recognised when she was awarded the Royal Red Cross, Second class.
The Royal Red Cross is a military decoration, awarded for exceptional services in military nursing.