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Date 26 March 1873 Place of Birth

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"Emma Jane Blackmore was born on 26 March 1873. She trained at the Timaru Hospital, and after some years as a staff nurse, and later as Sister Blackmore, she took up private nursing. She was appular figure in the town as she cycled about on her well polished bicycle, with its cord basket on the handlebar, her viel flying behind her, and her sister's knot at the side of her chin. At the outbreak of World War I, she and three other New Zeland Nursing Sisters volunteered for overseas service. At this stage, the New Zealand Government was not accepting nurses, so they cabled the British Government and were accepted right away. They were sent to Egypt where they were stationed at the citadel, Cairo. Eventually they were sent to Mudros Isalnd where they nursed the first cases from the Dardenelles [Gallipoli]. In Egypt Auntie Emma married Bert Evans, a Tommy Sergeant-Major. He had been all his life (from 13 years of age when he was accepted as a drummer) in the English Army. He was Kitchener's personal bugler at Khartoum. Later he was in several capaigns, but on his marriage he left the army and settled with Auntie Emma in Christchurch. Emma Jane died 14th January 19__?" - Genealogical notes, E F Ian Blacmore, 22 April 2014.


Genealogical notes supplied by E F Ian Blackmore in correspondence to Tony Rippin on 22 April 2014 (see Mail ID# 149102)

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