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New Zealand Medical Services in Middle East and Italy

New Zealand Army Nursing Service

New Zealand Army Nursing Service

With the closing of the military hospitals in 1922, all members of the New Zealand Army Nursing Service were placed on the reserve, except a Matron-in-Chief and matrons in each of the military districts who were appointed on a part-time basis and without any honorarium. Their duties consisted mainly in assisting in the training of Medical Corps personnel.

The New Zealand Army Nursing Service was placed on a peacetime establishment of a Matron-in-Chief, a Principal Matron, four page 5 matrons, and sixty-two sisters and staff nurses. Miss Hester Mac-Lean, who was Matron-in-Chief in the First World War, had been followed during the peace years by Miss J. Bicknell and Miss F. Wilson, and in 1934 Miss I. G. Willis1 appointed Matron-in-Chief, a position which she was to hold until 1946.

1 Matron-in-Chief Miss I. G. Willis, OBE, ARRC, ED, m.i.d.; born Wellington, 29 Dec 1881; Asst Inspector of Hospitals, Wellington; 1 NZEF 1914–18: sister 1 Stationary Hosp, surgical team, Matron 1918; Matron-in-Chief Army HQ, Sep 1939–Mar 1946.