Grace Lauritta Lauritz

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Personal Information
Date of Birth c1888
Place of Birth Wentworth, New South Wales
Death 12 May 1962, aged 74
Place of Death Ryde, Sydney, New South Wales
Age at Enlistment 28 years, 5 months
Description 5' 7" (1.70m) tall; weight 118 lbs (53.5 kg); fair complexion, dark eyes, fair hair
Occupation Staff Nurse
Religion Church of England
Address Armadale, Western Australia
Next of Kin Father Mr John Lauritz (mother Rose Leigh)
Military Information
Date of Enlistment 16 Nov 1917
Rank Sister
Unit/Formation Australian Army Nursing Service
Date of Embarkation 23 Nov 1917 - 11 Dec 1917
Ship Embarked On SS Canberra
Date of Return 24 Apr 1918 - 12 May 1918 Cape Town
Ship Returned On HMHS Assaye
Date of Return 20 May 1918 - 6 Jun 1918
Ship Returned On HMNZT Tofua
Fate Returned to Australia (Medical)
Monument Armadale and Districts Roll of Honour
Medals British War Medal

Pre War

Trained at the Perth Public Hospital. Employed as a Sister at Fremantle Public Hospital.

Electoral Roll entry: 1917 Home of Peace Hamersley road, Subiaco;, nurse; Gave Armadale as her home address.

War Service

Originally offered her services on 13 Jun 1917, but was not taken on until 1 week before she was allocated to a ship in November 1917. Enlisted at No 8 Australian General Hospital in Fremantle.

Posted to the Bombay Brigade, but developed cholera and was admitted to hospital within a month of her arrival. Invalided home on 24 Apr 1918 to Australia via Cape Town on HMHS Assaye. In Cape Town she was admitted to hospital before being provided more comfortable digs - spending most of her stay in the Cadarga Hotel. Discharged (medical) by the 5th Military District on 5 Aug 1918.

Casualty List 378 - Western Australia.....Ill....Staff Nurse Grace Lauritta Lauritz, Armadale, dangerously...[1] The West Australian 28 May 1918 p.5 LIST "D.".

"The following have been listed for return to Australia and are actually enroute from abroad. No further information can be supplied excepting the approximate time of arrival, which will be published shortly before disembarkation. The list is as tabled and is open to correction on account of mutilations in cabling and other causes. Owing to short notice received, Base Records were unable to advise relatives of the undermentioned.-Major H. F. Darling, Lieut. T. Morris, S/Nurse G. L. Lauritz...…"[2]

Post War

1920 Post Office Director contains an entry for her sister , a hairdresser in Armadale; 1925 electoral roll has father John in Thomas street, a barber, with mother Rose. Rose died in 1933 aged 69, but John was still in Armadale in the 1936 Electoral Roll. By 1943 John has moved to Victoria Park.

WANDILLA PASSENGERS The following passengers will take their departure by the SS Wandilla, which sails at noon tomorrow for the East:-....Mesdames..Lauritz.[3]

Grace married D'Arcy LACEY in Katoomba on 6 Dec 1922. In Dec 1924 with an address of 389 Glebe Point Road, Glebe Point, as Mrs Grace Lacey, she applied for her medals. By Jan 1925 her address was in North Sydney. D'Arcy died within a year of their marriage on 7 Jun 1923. In 1934 Grace was living in Edward St, Graythwaite, Sydney, New South Wales.


John Wentworth Lauritz, her brother (aged 27) died in Armadale 23 Jun 1916 aged 27.


  1. "AUSTRALIANS IN ACTION". Kalgoorlie Miner. 24, (5927). Western Australia. 12 January 1918. p. 1. Retrieved 24 October 2017 – via National Library of Australia. 
  2. "RETURNING WOUNDED.". The West Australian. XXXIV, (5,037). Western Australia. 28 May 1918. p. 5 (SECOND EDITION.). Retrieved 24 October 2017 – via National Library of Australia. 
  3. "LATE SHIPPING". The Daily News. XXXIX, (14,048). Western Australia. 13 March 1920. p. 9 (THIRD EDITION). Retrieved 24 October 2017 – via National Library of Australia. 

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