Elsie May Tranter, of Fyansford, Geelong, joined the A.A.N.S. on 17 August 1916, aged 28.
Service Record – National Archives of Australia
Cumming, Elsie May & Gillings, Jennifer Mary & Richards, Julieanne 2008, In all those lines : the diary of Sister Elsie Tranter 1916-1919, J.M. Gillings & J. Richards, Newstead, Tas
Published in 2008 but hard to find. It is our favourite first-hand account; like the editors of this book, we now have a great affection and admiration for Sister Elsie Tranter.
What was planned to be just a few hours to have a ‘quick look’ at the copy of Elsie Tranter’s diary held by the State Library of Victoria became virtually all of our few days holiday in Melbourne. We both became enthralled by her account of life and work as a nurse during the First World War. Her writing has a vibrancy that we found engaging and compelling…
Her diary reveals her to be bright, articulate and well read. Her curiousity, energy, eye for detail and sense of humour are also evident in her writing.
Elsie returned to Australia on the HT Norman, disembarking at Melbourne on August 18, 1919. At the end of November she was discharged from the Army. She nursed in Victoria before marrying William Gordon Cumming in 1922. She and Gordon had met in France during the War, Gordon having served with the AIF in various field ambulance and hospital units. Once married, they lived in Gordon’s home town of Launceston, Tasmania…
Elsie and Gordon enjoyed a good relationship and were happily married until Elsie’s death in 1968. Gordon died in 1972.
Jennifer Gillings and Julieanne Richards, In all those lines
We're pleased that people are using this website as a source for locations, quotes and other primary source material. It's why we published our notes on the web. But we'd very much appreciate a footnote or credit. Much of the hospital (and other) location information for Lemnos and the Western Front is original research -- thank you, from Bernard & Cheryl