Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Katherine (Kitty) Lawrence Porter

Nurse Kitty PorterSerial Number and Rank:  Nursing Sister – Australian Army Nursing Service
Birth:  East Milton 17 December 1882. Reg.1883/30182
Parents: John Porter and Mary Guthrie

Enlisted:  Sydney 3 April 1915, prior to that she was on the staff of Sydney Hospital as Sister Porter.
Service:  AANC, on return to Sydney was to take up the position of Matron of Randwick Military Hospital.
Death:  16 July 1919 Sydney was still in the Nursing service, died of pneumonia – influenza.
Burial:  Waverley Cemetery Roman Catholic section Sydney NSW, with full Military honours.

Marriage  was engaged to Dr. Bullock of Sydney
Kitty was second in command of her hospital unit (No. 2 ACCS) in Egypt and France. RTA aboard the SS Medic 9 April 1919.

A welcome home to Milton celebration was given to Kitty Porter in June 1919 (pictured). She was meet at Conjola by family members in a hire car, at Yatte Yattah School she was presented with a bouquet of flowers. Later Mrs Charles Kendall (President of the Local Red Cross) gave her an official welcome at the Milton School of Arts.

Honour Rolls:  RSL Honour Roll (RRC)
Milton Town Memorial (RRC)
Milton Primary School as Nurse Porter
Yatte Yattah Community as Nurse Porter

Kitty trained as a nurse at Sydney Royal under the name of Lawrence (her grandmother’s maiden name) as there was already another nurse Porter enrolled for training.

It is not known when she reverted to her correct name. Kitty received the Royal Red Cross for her service to the armed forces caring for the injured during the war. The citation was issued a fortnight after she passed away. The medal was present to her Mother at a ceremony in Milton by representatives of the AIF and the British Army. The medal had added oak leaves because Kitty had been mention in dispatches. She received the ARRC (Associate Royal Red Cross Decoration) in 1919 and was mentioned in dispatches 31st December 1918 whilst attached to the No. 25 General Hospital.

Kitty Porter Welcome home from War 1919

Death Notice: Sydney Morning Hearld: Thursday 17 July 1919

PORTER – July 10, 1919 at Randwick Military Hospital. Sister K. Lawrence Porter. late of No 1 A.G.H., recently returned from active service. In charge of steamer Medic, beloved daughter of Mr. and Mrs John Porter, of Milton. South Coast R.I.P.

Sydney Morning Herald, Wednesday 23 July 1919, page 12

Sister K. Lawrence Porter (Australian Army Medical Corps), who died recently from Influenza at Randwick Military Hospital, saw service in Egypt during the Gallipoli campaign, and upon the evacuation, was transferred to France, whore she saw service in clearing stations, on ambulance trains, and at No. 25 General Hospital, Boulogne. Prior to enlisting in April, 1915, she was a sister on the staff of the Sydney Hospital.
When the Allied forces were being driven back in April, 1918, Sister Porter was stationed at the town of Roye, and when that town was captured by the enemy she and her comrades, narrowly escaped being taken prisoner. All her outfit, her souvenirs, etc., were lost, as the retreat was so hurried that only the wounded could be removed. She returned to Sydney on the transport Medic, in charge of invalids, on June 1, and was on six months furlough when she contracted Influenza, from which she died.
The funeral, which was attended by full military honours, took place at Waverley Cemetery. The chief mourners were Mr. J.  Porter (father), Mr. H. Porter (brother), Mesdames Halliday, Kenna, and Stephens (sisters), Messrs. Halliday, Kenna, and Stephens (brothers-in-law), Mr. and Mrs. Burns (uncle and aunt), Mr. R. Burns, Misses Burns, Miss Guthrie, Mesdames Bray, Reynolds, and Cooper (cousins). Others at the graveside included the principal matron, the matron,  and nursing sisters of the A.A.N.S., and Captain Millard, M.L.A., whose niece Sister L. Walters, together with Sister L. M’Kay, had  seen active service with the deceased, and were her special nurses in her illness.

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