Re­mem­ber­ing Agnes King

Mansfield Courier - - YOUTH NEWS & VIEWS -

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.

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