World War 1, Adelaide Hospital Nursing Staff: Sister Edith Menhennett

Nursing Sister Edith Menhennett graduated at Adelaide Hospital in 1913. This photograph shows nine nursing staff outside the Infectious Diseases Block, Isolation Hospital, (Adelaide Hospital annexe). Sister Menhennett is seated in the front row at left.


Once enlisted for duty in 1914, Sister Menhennett was with Matron Graham and the South Australian  nurses of the Second General Hospital, who embarked on the ‘Kyarra’, from Port Melbourne on the 5th December 1914.

Sister Edith Menhennett in Australian Imperial Forces uniform, 1914

Sister Edith Menhennett in Australian Imperial Forces uniform, 1914


During her active service, Edith Menhennett received ‘Mention in Despatches’ and in 1917 was awarded the Royal Red Cross medal (second class), for exceptional services in military nursing.


“Edith Menhennett, centre, standing next to Henrietta Perrin, Egypt 1915.”


This group photo of Adelaide Hospital nurses in 1916, their group moving onto different nursing service areas. Henrietta Perrin is standing in back row on right, Sister Edith Menhennett is next to her in centre of photograph.

This group photo shows Adelaide Hospital nurses in 1916. Their group was moving into different nursing service areas. Sister Edith Menhennett is standing on the far left of the photograph. Sister Henrietta Perrin is standing second from the right.

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