|Village and windmills [Lemnos], 1915. Collection of Nurse Kathleen Gawler, SLV|
The State Library of Victoria is a treasure trove of photographs and archives relating to WW1. As well as well known diggers and nurses, the collection throws up interesting new finds.
Today I discovered photographs compiled by Australian Nurse Kathleen Gawler that depict Lemnos in 1915. Taken by an unknown photographer they are listed as location unknown. But anyone familiar with the Lemnos archive held across a range of collections will recognise these as almost certainly Lemnos.
Reproduced here are two of the photographs she collected during her war service.
|Children in Town street [Lemnos], 1915. Collection of Nurse Kathleen Gawler, SLV|
|Nurse Kathleen Gawler (on the right) with other nurses. Alexandria, Egypt. c 1916. AWM image P10636.032.001|
Nurse Kathleen Gawler - A Short Biography
Kathleen served with the Queen Alexandra's Imperial Nursing Service, her collection depicting images of Egypt and Turkey, including Gallipoli. Ivalided to England in January 1920, she returned to Australia.
However she appears to have returned to Egypt, working with the CMS Hospital in Menouf. There she met and married Herbert Hayes, an Anglican Clergyman who had served with the Royal Army Service Corps in WW1. They married on 15 June 1923 at the British consulate, Cairo.
Before the war Hays had joined the Egypt General Mission in Cairo as a genuine missionary (but where he also as an observer for British military intelligence). Hayes had returned to Egypt on19 December 1920, with the Church Missionary Society and took charge of the church and school at Menouf, near Cairo, where he also resumed his undercover work as a political agent.
After their marriage, they both returned to Australia.
Lemnos Gallipoli Commemorative Committee