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22-April-2015
22-April-2015
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Plaque erected in memory of Nurse May Hennessy who died while serving in World War One. Sister Hennessy was the first Bendigo nurse to lose her life through war duty. 

Sister May Hennessy, of Bendigo, who died at Geelong on Thursday from malarial fever, contracted while doing hospital duty at Salonika, was accorded a military funeral on Saturday. Sister Hennessy is the first Bendigo nurse to lose her life through war duty.  The funeral was one of the largest seen in Bendigo. A firing party of returned soldiers and a band playing the "Dead March" preceded the salvage waggon (sic) of the Bendigo Fire Brigade, on which was the coffin. This was followed by over 200 returned soldiers. Returned soldiers acted as pall bearers and coffin bearers and at the conclusion of the service they fired a volley over the grave. 
The Argus (Melbourne), 15 April 1919.

Location

Address:Myers Street, St Paul`s Cathedral, Bendigo, 3550
State:VIC
Area:AUS
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -36.762059
Long: 144.282747
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Details

Monument Type:Plaque
Monument Theme:People
Sub-Theme:Military
Actual Event STart Date:09-April-1919
Actual Event End Date:09-April-1919

Dedication

Front Inscription
(Red Cross) 
             TO THE 
HONOURED MEMORY 
              OF 

NURSE MAY HENNESSY 
WHO SERVED IN THE A.A.M.C.
      FOR 2 YEARS
AND DIED ON 9th APRIL 1919
"FAITHFUL UNTO DEATH." 
Source: MA
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