(Service number 22/73)

First Rank Nurse Last Rank Staff Nurse


Date 10 May 1881 Place of Birth Waimate

Enlistment Information

Date Age
Address at Enlistment Canterbury
Occupation Nurse
Previous Military Experience
Marital Status Single
Next of Kin J. GORMAN (father), Waimate
Medical Information

Military Service

Served with NZ Armed Forces Served in Army
Military District

Embarkation Information

Body on Embarkation New Zealand Expeditionary Force
Unit, Squadron, or Ship New Zealand Army Nursing Service
Date 21 May 1915
Transport Marama
Embarked From Wellington Destination Sydney, Australia
Other Units Served With
Last Unit Served With New Zealand Army Nursing Service

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Date Reason

Hospitals, Wounds, Diseases and Illnesses

Post-war Occupations


Date 23 October 1915 Age 34 yrs
Place of Death Lost at sea, HT Marquette, Aegean Sea
Cause Drowned
Memorial or Cemetery Mikra Memorial, Greece
Memorial Reference
New Zealand Memorials On Memorial wall, Timaru; Waimate War Memorial (Nurse Gorman); Memorial plaque at Waimate Hospital?; Nurses Memorial in the Christchurch Cathedral ('Marquette'); St Patrick's (Waimate) Memorial list (June 2015)

Biographical Notes

Daughter of John & Catherine GORMAN, of Arno, Kapua, Waimate, Timaru. One of the ten NZ nurses who died when the Marquette was torpedoed and sank in October 1915. Trained at Waimate Hospital, then was a sister in the Wellington Public Hospital. Strong swimmer who jumped into the sea to save her non-swimmer friend, Catherine FOX; both were not seen again.


Cenotaph Database [09 January 2014]; CWGC [09 January 2014]; Timaru Herald, 4 & 5 November 1915, Ashburton Guardian, 3 November 1915, New Zealand Herald, 4 November 1915, Evening Post, 19 November 1915 (Papers Past) [10 January 2014]; [9 January 2014]; Nurses Memorial in Christchurch Cathedral ( [10 January 2014]

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