Remembering Agnes King
KING family members from as far as Perth recently gathered at the Mansfield Cemetery to honour the life of one of Australia’s most celebrated nurses.
Agnes Wotherspoon King was born in Birkenhead, England in 1884, the fourth of 10 children.
Almost 150 years later, her descendants would gather to unveil a small but significant plaque on her grave – a memento to all that Ms King achieved in her short life.
Educated as a nurse, Ms King is perhaps most well known locally for her role in World War I, when she enlisted to fight in 1915 – serving in Egypt where she nursed casualties from Gallipoli and Palestine.
Falling sick due to stress and overwork, Agnes served the remainder of the war posted to Australian Auxiliary Hospitals (AAH) in and near London.
She returned to Mansfield in March 1919, but continued her nursing career in repatriation hospitals throughout Australia.
Agnes King died in Melbourne in 1942, aged 58.
HONOURED: The family of Agnes King gathered in Mansfield recently, to be present at the unveiling of her new grave plaque, and to remember her life.