FOX, Catherine Anne
(Service number 22/118)
|First Rank||Staff Nurse||Last Rank||Staff Nurse|
|Date||18 May 1877||Place of Birth||Cardrona, Otago|
|Date||7 June 1915||Age||32|
|Address at Enlistment|
|Occupation||Nurse - Private Nursing|
|Previous Military Experience|
|Next of Kin|
|Served with||NZ Armed Forces||Served in||Army|
|Body on Embarkation||NZ Army Nursing Service Corp|
|Unit, Squadron, or Ship|
|Date||7 October 1915|
|Transport||Hospital Ship No 1 Maheno|
|Embarked From||Wellington, New Zealand||Destination||Suez, Egypt|
|Other Units Served With|
|Last Unit Served With||NZ Army Nursing Service Corp|
|Campaigns||Egypt 1915; Balkan Salonika 1915|
Award Circumstances and Date
Prisoner of War Information
|Date of Capture|
|Where Captured and by Whom|
|Actions Prior to Capture|
|PoW Serial Number|
Hospitals, Wounds, Diseases and Illnesses
|Date||23 October 1915||Age||38|
|Place of Death|
|Cause||Drowned. Lost at Sea. H T Marquette torpedoed near Salonika in the Agean Sea|
|Memorial or Cemetery|
|New Zealand Memorials||On Memorial wall, Timaru; Waimate First World War Memorial (as Nurse Fox); St Patrick's (Waimate) Memorial list (under construction May 2014);|
Sister Catherine Anne Fox was one of several nurses known in the Waimate area who drowned when the troopship 'Marquette' was sunk by a German torpedo in the Aegean Sea on the 23 October 1915. When news of the sinking reached Waimate the town flew its flags at half mast.
The daughter of Mr & Mrs John Fox of Studholme, Catherine was born in Central Otago, trained at Dunedin Hospital, and afterwards nursed at Waimate, Christchurch and Auckland. At the time of enlistment on 6 July 1915 she was working in Auckland as a private nurse.
The Waimate Museum holds the commemorative plaque from the old Waimate Hospital for nurses I. Clark, M. Gorman and C. Fox.
Auckland War Memorial Cenotaph Database (Sept 2013) Archives New Zealand (November 2014)
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Researched and Written by
Janette Clarke, SC branch NZSG; Sue Hanham, Waimate Museum & Archives
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