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Sister Fanny Isobel Catherine Tyson AANS

Photograph of the gravestone of Sister Fanny Isobel Catherine Tyson Australian Army Nursing Services who is interred in Sutton Veny Graveyard

Sutton Veny Sister Fanny Isobel Catherine Tyson Headstone

Photo courtesy of David Milborrow

Her headstone reads:

20TH APRIL, 1919 AGE 28

The Commonwealth War Graves Commission headstone for Sister F. I. C. Tyson is located in Grave Plot # 85. L. 5. of St. John the Evangelist Churchyard, Sutton Veny.

She was born at Hay, NSW (district of Balranald) in 1890 to parents John and Theresa A. Tyson (nee Kelly). She was one of ten children born to John and Theresa Tyson. Her nickname was "Topsy".

A death was registered in 1904 for Theresa Augusta Tyson, aged 40, at Brighton, Victoria.

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Fanny Tyson had attended Bendigo Public Hospital between October, 1911 to 1914 for her training & she had certificates in Medical and Surgical Nursing.

The 1914 Australian Electoral Roll for the division of Bendigo, subdivision of Sandhurst East, listed Fanny Isobel Cathleen Tyson, Nurse at Bendigo Hospital. Also listed was Theresa Adelaide Tyson, nurse, Bendigo Hospital.

She was a 25 year old, single, Nurse from Elsternwick, Victoria when she joined the First Australian General Hospital Special Reinforcements of the Australian Army Nursing Service on 17th June, 1915. Fanny's religion was Church of England & her next of kin was listed as her father - Mr J. Tyson of "Deturmilla" Blanche Street, Elsternwick, Victoria.

Staff Nurse Fanny Isobel Catherine Tyson embarked from Melbourne on HMAT Wandilla (A62) on 17th June, 1915. Place & date of disembarkation not noted on Service Record file.

Staff Nurse Fanny Isobel Catherine Tyson was admitted to 4th Auxiliary Hospital at Abbassia (Cairo, Egypt) on 11th November, 1915 with Mumps. She was still undergoing treatment on 12th December, 1915.

She proceeded to join B.E.F. (British Expeditionary Force) from Alexandria & disembarked at Marseilles, France on 6th April, 1916.

She joined No. 6 General Hospital for duty on 13th April, 1916.

She reported to No. 1 Australian General Hospital at Rouen on 22nd April, 1916.

She proceeded on leave on 3rd February, 1917 & rejoined from leave on 22nd February, 1917.

She was detached to No. 10 Stationary Hospital at Rouen on 7th June, 1917 & reported for duty at St. Omer on 8th June, 1917.

She was posted to 2nd Casualty Clearing Station on 17th July, 1917.

Staff Nurse Tyson was posted to 2nd Australian General Hospital in the field on 4th January, 1918.

She reported for duty at D.D.M.S. (Deputy Director of Medical Services) Boulogne at Wimereux on 8th January, 1918.

Staff Nurse Tyson was on leave to Cannes on 11th January, 1918 and ceased to be attached to 2nd Australian General Hospital for duty.

She reported for duty, from leave, at 5th Stationary Hospital at Dieppe on 1st February, 1918.

She was on leave to UK on 18th September, 1918 & to be retained on completion.

She was promoted to Sister on 1st October, 1918.

She was attached to 2nd Australian Auxiliary Hospital at Southall for duty on 4th October, 1918 & detached on 19th October, 1918.

She was attached to 2nd Group Clearing Hospital for duty on 18th October, 1918 at Hurdcott, Wiltshire. (date is as written).

Sister Fanny Isobel Catherine Tyson was admitted to the 1st Australian General Hospital at Sutton Veny, Wiltshire on 20th April, 1919.

Sister Fanny Isobel Catherine Tyson died at 8 pm on 20th April, 1919 at the 1st Australian General Hospital, Sutton Veny of Cerebral Haemorrhage.

A death for Fanny I. C. Tyson, aged 29, was registered in the June quarter, 1919 in the district of Warminster, Wiltshire.

Sister Fanny Isobel Catherine Tyson was buried on 23rd April, 1919 in St. John the Evangelist Churchyard at Sutton Veny - Grave no. 85. From the burial report of Sister Tyson :

Coffin was Elm with Brass Mounts - Deceased was buried with full Military Honours, the coffin draped with the Australian flag being conveyed to the graveside on a Gun Carriage preceded by a Firing Party from No. 1 Australian Training Brigade Sutton Veny. Six Australians supported the Pall. The "Last Post" was sounded and volleys fired over the grave. A large number of Officers, N.C.O.'s and Men followed the remains and were present at the graveside ceremony. Flowers were sent by "Sister Simpson", "Nursing Staff, 1st A.G.H.", "Matron and Nursing Staff, Military Hospital, Fovant", "Staff and other ranks, 1st A.G.H.", "O.C. and Members Officers' Mess, 1st A.G.H.", "Brig-General R. L. Leane and Staff, No. 4 Group Headquarters", "Comrades and Staff No. 2 Group Clearing Hospital", "Friends at No. 6 Mess". Headquarters A.I.F. Depots in United Kingdom were represented at the funeral. Also in attendance at the funeral were Sister Tyson's brother (Dvr C. E. Tyson, 3211, 12th Army Bde, A.F.A., A.I.F.) and sister (Sister T. A. Tyson) and (Friend) Mr Fry.

Sister Fanny Isobel Catherine Tyson was entitled to 1914/15 Star, British War Medal & the Victory Medal. A Memorial Scroll & Memorial Plaque were also sent to Sister Tyson's father - Mr J. Tyson (Scroll sent August, 1921 & Plaque sent September, 1923).

The CWGC lists Sister Fanny Isobel Catherine Tyson of Australian Army Nursing Service as the daughter of John and Teresa Tyson of 18 Blanche St, Elsternwick, Victoria. Born at Balranald, New South Wales.

Sister F. I. C. Tyson is commemorated in the Hall of Memory Commemorative Area at the Australian War Memorial, Canberra, Australia on Panel 188.

Sister Fanny Isobel Catherine Tyson was entitled to 1914/15 Star, British War Medal & the Victory Medal. A Memorial Scroll & Memorial Plaque were also sent to Sister Tyson's father - Mr J. Tyson (Scroll sent August, 1921 & Plaque sent September, 1923).

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Newspaper Reports


Sergeant Jack O'Connor, writing to his parents from 1st Southern General Hospital, Birmingham, England, says - I have received my issue, but not too bad. For a long time I had been thinking of the old saying, 'Play with the cat long enough and it will scratch you,' and seemed inclined to think it incorrect as for over two years I've been playing with the cat but it scratched. We were on the Ypres front. Got me in both legs and the sole of my right foot. Won't be able to walk for a while. I hope it won't interfere with me in after life. I've only doubts about one. Bed is not a place I was cut out for, though I could always do my time between the blankets. It is rotten having to lie here all day with very little to do. I received my first dope at the C.C.S., and the second at the First Australian General Hospital, Rouen. I wasn't too good before or after the dope. My legs were sore all that night. At Rouen I reckon I was lucky in getting into an Australian hospital. Sister Tyson was in charge of the ward. She knew the back country better than I did, having lived for some time at Junanbung station. This has knocked out my trip to Paris, but I will have furlough over there. Our advance had just commenced when I was knocked, needless to say, ere you have read it.

(Kerang Observer, Victoria - Wednesday 9 January, 1918)


TYSON - On Easter Sunday, at Hurdcott Camp, Salisbury, England, Sister J. I. Tyson (Topsy) third beloved daughter of John Tyson, Blanche Street, Elsternwick.

(The Argus, Melbourne, Victoria - Thursday 24 April, 1919)


Cable advices have been received of the death of Sister J. I. Tyson, at Hurdcott Camp, Salisbury, England on Easter Sunday, says the 'Riverina Grazier.' Sister Tyson, who had been on active service for some consider-able time, was a daughter of Mr John Tyson, of Elsternwick, and a sister of Sister Tyson, of the Hay Hospital staff.

(Daily Advertiser, Wagga Wagga, NSW - Friday 2 May, 1919)

Commonwealth War Graves Commission Headstones The Defence Department, in 1920/21, contacted the next of kin of the deceased World War 1 soldiers to see if they wanted to include a personal inscription on the permanent headstone at St. John the Evangelist Churchyard at Sutton Veny. Space was reserved for 66 letters only (with the space between any two words to be counted as an additional letter) & the rate per letter was around 3½d (subject to fluctuation).

The expense in connection for the erection of permanent headstones over the graves of fallen soldiers was borne by the Australian Government.

(Information obtained from letters sent to next of kin in 1921)

Mr John Tyson, father of late Sister Fanny Tyson, wrote a letter to Base Records dated 24th September, 1921 stating that "I am pleased to say a suitableheadstone has been erected by her Sister & Brother & kind friends & comrades of the A.I.F. who were present at the time of her death."

Sister Fanny Isobel Catherine Tyson does not have a personal inscription on her CWGC headstone.

With thanks to Cathy Sedgwick, freelance writer from Australia.

See also Staff Nurse Kathleen Bolger

Matron Jean Miles Walker Australian Army Nursing Service

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