Inez Claire Cronin

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Cronin Inez Claire.jpg
taken from photo below rear row, first on left
McGillivray etal.jpg
Group photo of Nurses from HMAT A67 Orsova Jul 1915 outside Ivanhoe Hotel London
Personal Information
Date of Birth c1888
Place of Birth Deniliquin, New South Wales
Death 17 Apr 1976, aged 87
Place of Death Shenton Park, Western Australia
Age at Enlistment 25 years old
Occupation nurse
Religion Church of England
Address 'The Chestnuts', Jarrahdale, Western Australia
Next of Kin Mother Mrs Agnes Alice Cronin
Military Information
Reg Number Sister
Date of Enlistment 12 Jun 1915
Rank Sister
Unit/Formation Transport Corps & Australian Army Nursing Service
Date of Embarkation 22 Jul 1915 - Oct 1019
Ship Embarked On HMAT A67 Orsova in Hospital ship format
Date of Return 9 Nov 1919 Bombay
10 Dec 1919 Singapore - 20 Dec 1919
Ship Returned On SS Kashgar to Singapore
SS Charon to Fremantle
Fate Returned to Australia
Monument Jarrahdale Honour Roll
Medals 1914-15 Star
British War Medal
Victory Medal

Pre War

Prior to enlisting Inez had spent three years with the Perth Public Hospital, including a period of Acting Sister in the Surgical Ward.

Electoral Roll entries: 1912 - 1914 Perth Public Hospital, nurse.

War Service

Initial deployment was as a Staff Nurse in the Hospital Transport Corps. Her records first mention her as medical crew aboard the No.2 Australian Hospital Ship aka HMAT A61 Kanowna. Arrived in England 26 Aug 1916, departed for Australia on 4 Sep 1916. However the photo above indicates that she first travelled to England aboard the HAMAT A67 Orsova in July 1915. Promoted to Sister on 8 Nov 1916. One of 36 women who also served with the Australian Army Nursing Service.

On 14 May 1917 Inez was transferred to the Australian Army Nursing Service Headquarters in London from HMAT A61 Kanowna. On 3 May 1917 she disembarked from the ship in Port Suez.

From 29 May 1917 until 13 Jul 1917 Inez was temporarily transferred to the 1,200 bed, 3rd Australian Auxiliary Hospital in Dartford. She then rejoined her ship and on 4 Oct 1917 she disembarked in Albany and transferred to the 8th Australian General Hospital in Fremantle. Inez was struck off strength of No.2 Hospital Ship HMAT A61 Kanowna following leave after arriving in Australia on 25 Sep 1917. (Service in Australia was not deemed service in the A.I.F.) Her first period of service was ended at her own request.

On 25 October 1918 Inez enlisted with the Australian Army Nursing Service (India), and on 16 Oct 1918 Inez boarded the HMT Malta in Sydney for the voyage to Bombay, arriving on 14 Nov 1919. On arrival she was posted to the 34th Welsh General Hospital in Deolali. Transferred to the 18th British General Hospital in Gharial on 27 May 1919, and the next day to the 19th British General Hospital in Rawalpindi.

Transferred again to the 53rd British General Hospital in Kuldana on 20 Jul 1919 where she remained until she embarked in Bombay on 9 Nov 1919 aboard the SS Kashgar for home via Singapore. In Singapore on 10 Dec 1919 she boarded the SS Charon

Discharged 10 Jan 1920.

  • British Military Hospitals in India. Kuldana is not marked but is just north of Delhi

Post War

in 1927 Inez married Alan Lewis Ashmeade De Groen who was as much as 15 years younger being born on 4 May 1903. During WW2 Alan enlisted in the Army on 15 Jan 1943 in Port Moresby and served as a Captain in the Australia New Guinea Administrative Unit until he was discharged on 5 Feb 1946. Alan died in Buderim, Queensland.

Electoral Roll entries: 1922 Carlton Women's Hospital, nurse; 1943 "Bonnin Brae" Braeside street, Wahroonga, NSW, nurse; 1968 at 48 Mount street, Perth.


Inez's mother died in Jarrahdale on 24 Feb 1931.

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