Appleford, Alys (1891-1968)

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Servicewoman, Nurse and Nursing administrator
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During World War I Alice Ross-King (as she was then known) was a Sister in the Australian Army Nursing Service. Mentioned twice in despatches, she was awarded the Military Medal on 28 September 1917 and the Royal Red Cross Medal on the 4 June 1918. She married Lieutenant-Colonel Sydney T Appleford of the Australian Army Medical Corps on 21 August 1919. They had four children. She assisted her husband in establishing a first-aid military unit and during the 1930s became involved with the Red Cross Voluntary Aid Detachments. Appleford enlisted in the Australian Army Medical Women's Service during World War II. She was promoted to the rank of Major in September 1942 and awarded the Florence Nightingale medal by the International Red Cross in 1949. Alice Appleford died on 17 August 1968 at Cronulla, Sydney and is buried in Fawkner Cemetery, Melbourne.

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  1. Ross-King, Alice (1891-1968)Australian Dictionary of Biography Online 11 : Ross-King, Alice (1891-1968)
    Finnie, Lorna M
    [2006]
    Published: Australian National University
    Series: http://www.adb.online.anu.edu.au/biogs/A110467b.htm
  2. APPLEFORD, ALICE ROSSWorld War 2 Nominal Roll Department of Veterans' Affairs : APPLEFORD, ALICE ROSS
    Department of Veterans' Affairs
    [2002]
    Series: http://www.ww2roll.gov.au/script/veteran.asp?ServiceID=A&VeteranID=611355
  3. Where are the Women in Australian science?
    Australian Science and Technology Heritage Centre
    [2003]
    Published: Australian Science and Technology Heritage Centre
    Series: http://www.austehc.unimelb.edu.au/wisa/wisa.html
  4. Nightingales in the mud : the digger sisters of the Great War 1914 - 1918
    Barker, Marianne
    [1989]
    Published: Allen & Unwin
  5. Just wanted to be there : Australian Service Nurses 1899-1999
    Reid, Richard
    [1999]
    Published: Commonwealth Department of Veterans' Affairs
  6. The Diggers : makers of the Australian military tradition
    Coulthard-Clark, Chris
    [1993]
    Published: Melbourne University Press
  7. Twentieth-Century Women of Courage
    Escott, Beryl E
    [1999]
    Published: Sutton Publishing
  8. Who's who in Australia 1944
    Alexander, Joseph A
    [1944]
    Published: The Herald and Weekly Times
  9. Australian women at war
    Adam-Smith, Patsy
    [1984]
    Published: Nelson
  10. National Archives of Australia, Melbourne Office: Army Medical & Dental Corps. Nurses and Specialists (1942)
    [Applications for a Commission in the AAMC Voluntary Aid Detachments (VAD)] - A R Appleford This series contains files relating to the wartime administration of the military forces of Australia including administration, compensation, defence and fixed defences, medical and dental corps. There are three identifiable groups of records within MP508/1. The general or War correspondence series, correspondence dealing with the AIF [Australian Imperial Forces] and correspondence dealing with 'Civil Staff' matters. These groups have been distinguished by the allocation of secondary number groupings within the multiple number series. These three groups of records have been registered as three separate Commonwealth Record Series (CRS) B1539, B1543 and B1547 but the records have not been physically converted. All records should be requested from MP508/1.
    MP508/1 (item number =3296250 - Control Symbol = 21/728/550)
  11. National Archives of Australia, National Office: Appleford, Alice Ross (1939 - 1948)
    Service Number - V500148 : Date of birth - 05 Aug 1891 : Place of birth - BALLARAT VIC : Place of enlistment - V A D HEADQUARTERS VIC : Next of Kin - APPLEFORD S
    V500148
  12. Australian War Memorial Research Centre: VF500148 Major A.R. Appleford, RRC, MM, Assistant Controller, Australian Army Medical Women's Service, Victorian Lines of Communication Area (5 October 1944)
    Melbourne, Vic. 1944-10-05. VF500148 Major A.R. Appleford, RRC, MM, Assistant Controller, Australian Army Medical Women's Service, Victorian Lines of Communication Area.
    080772
  13. Australian War Memorial Research Centre: Ross-King, Alice (Sister) 1891-1968, MM
    Papers of Sister Alice Ross-King who served with the Australian Army Nursing Service during the First World War. The collection consists of her three diaries, a typed transcript of the diaries, a Florence Nightingale certificate and three Red Cross citations. The diaries cover the years 1915-1919 when she worked in Egypt (1st Australian General Hospital), Rouen (1st Australian General Hospital), St Omar (10th Stationary Hospital) and Armentieres (2nd Casualty Clearing Station). In one entry Alice Ross-King recounts events for which she earned a Military Medal while working at the 2nd Casualty Clearing Station. 1. Three diaries, covering Janaury 1915-February 1919, written by Alice Ross-King during service as a nurse with the Australian Army Nursing Service during First World War, and post-War voyage home to Australia. 2. Typed transcript of diaries (90 pages). 3. Certificate for award of Florence Nightingale Medal (1949). 4. Three citations from various Red Cross offices for the Florence Nightingale Medal.
    PR02082
  14. National Archives of Australia, Melbourne Office: Army Medical & Dental Corps. Nurses and Specialists [Applications for a Commission in the A.A.M.C. Voluntary Aid Detachments (V.A.D.)] - A R Appleford (September 1942)
    MP508/1
  15. Australian War Memorial Research Centre: Australian Army Medical Women's Service conference of Assistant and Deputy Assistant Controllers (30 September 1944 - 4 October 1944)
    Melbourne, Vic. 1944-09-30 - 1944-10-04. Officers at the conference of Assistant and Deputy Assistant Controllers, Australian Army Medical Women's Service. Identified personnel are:- SFX27688 Captain M.M. Langsford; VF500148 Major A.R. Appleford, RRC, MM, SFX30364 Lieutenant-Colonel M.S. Douglas; NFX138446 Major J.M. Snelling; QF119238 Major M.C. Roche; VFX138505 Major R.M. Davidson; NFX76442 Captain L.W. Yates; WFX38344 Captain S.C. Perry; VFX117124 Major H.F. Meyer; TFX6117 Captain I.D. Cox.
    080686
  16. National Archives of Australia, National Office: King, Alice Ross (1914 - 1920)
    Service Number - Sister : Note This record consists of an empty envelope only. The contents have been amalgamated with this person's World War II service documents. The World War II service number is ALICE ROSS-KING (WWI). Contact Archives Staff for assistance in requesting the amalgamated record
    B2455/1
  17. Australian War Memorial Research Centre: End of War Awards - submissions by [Quartermaster-General and Director-General of Medical Services] (1945)
    End of War Awards - submissions by [Quartermaster-General and Director-General of Medical Services] QMG & DGMS [Brig R T A McDonald, Col N M Loutit, Col R H Norman, Lt-Col C C Easterbrook, Lt-Col H L Maude, Lt-Col P A Parsons, Lt-Col L J Fitzpatrick, Lt-Col W B Leonard, Maj J E McKimm, Lt-Col G G Hack, Lt-Col C S Johnston, Capt J A Egan, Maj N A Dalton, Maj C S Waugh, Maj C W Gray, Sgt Vera Kiddell, Lt-Col H H Turnbull, Lt-Col E V Keogh, Lt-Col A Christie, Lt-Col C R B Blackburn, Maj K B Brown, Maj Lady Winifred I E MacKenzie, Maj M J Mackerras, Col (Matron-in-Chief) Annie M Sage, Capt (Matron) Beatrice J Paige, Capt Jean E Headberry, Capt Patricia D Chomley, Lt-Col Mary S Douglas, Maj Alice R Appleford, Capt Marjorie C Roche, Maj Joyce M Snelling]
    AWM119
  18. Australian War Memorial Research Centre: VF500148 Major A.R. Appleford, RRC, MM, Assistant Controller, Australian Army Medical Women's Service (6 September 1944)
    Camp Pell, Vic. 1944-09-06. VF500148 Major A.R. Appleford, RRC, MM, Assistant Controller, Australian Army Medical Women's Service inspecting the kits of members who are on draft to northern areas. Assisting Major Appleford is VF65581 Lieutenant S.F. Dammon officer in charge of the draft for the 2/9th Australian General Hospital.
    069124
  19. Australian War Memorial Research Centre: VF500148 Major A.R. Appleford, RRC, MM, Assistant Controller (6 September 1944)
    Camp Pell, Vic. 1944-09-06. VF500148 Major A.R. Appleford, RRC, MM, Assistant Controller conducting a kit inspection of members of the Australian Army Medical Women's Service on draft for northern areas, assisted by Captain H.B. McKenzie, Staff Captain "Q" Victorian Lines of Communications area. Identified personnel are:- Corporal L. Lawson; Private N. Schreiber.
    069125
  20. Australian War Memorial Research Centre: Australian Army Medical Women's Service 1944-09-30 - 1944-10-04 (30 September 1944 - 4 October 1944)
    Melbourne, Vic. 1944-09-30 - 1944-10-04. Officers at the conference of Assistant and Deputy Assistant Controllers, Australian Army Medical Women's Service. Identified personnel are:- NFX76442 Captain L.W. Yates; VFX138505 Major R M. Davidson; NFX138446 Major J.M. Snelling; SFX30364 Lieutenant-Colonel M.S. Douglas; VF500148 Major A. Appleford, RRC, MM; QF119238 Major M.C. Roche; SFX27688 Captain M.M. Langsford; VFX117124 Major H.F. Meyer; TFX6117 Captain I.D. Cox; WFX38344 Captain S.C. Perry.
    080687
  21. Australian War Memorial Research Centre: VF500148 Major A.R. Appleford, RRC, MM, with Captain P. Williamson, Australian Army Medical Women's Service (6 October 1944)
    Melbourne, Vic. 1944-10-06. VF500148 Major A.R. Appleford, RRC, MM, with Captain P. Williamson, Australian Army Medical Women's Service, after inspecting personnel participating in the second victory loan march through the city.
    080896
  22. Australian War Memorial Research Centre: The leaders of the Australian Red Cross Voluntary Aid Detachment (VAD) (28 September 1942)
    Melbourne, Vic. 1942-09-28. The leaders of the Australian Red Cross Voluntary Aid Detachment (VAD) VF500148 Major A. R. Appleford (nee Ross-King) RRC MM; Assistant Controller Australian Army Medical Womens Service (AAMWS) and Captain D. Townsend; Lieutenant M. Williamson give "eyes right" as they pass the saluting base during the servicewomen's march through the city streets.
    136909
  23. Australian War Memorial Research Centre: V81999 Captain W. J. J. McGee, assisted by VF500148 Major A. R. Appleford (22 March 1943)
    Melbourne, Vic. 1943-03-22. V81999 Captain W. J. J. McGee, assisted by VF500148 Major A. R. Appleford, member of the Red Cross, MM, Assistant Controller of the Australian Army Medical Women's Service (AAMWS), Victorian Lines of Communication Area, examining kit and records of members of the Australian Army Medical Women's Service (AAMWS) posted to operational areas.
    138233
  24. Australian War Memorial Research Centre: V81999 Captain W. J. J. McGee, assisted by VF500148 Major A. R. Appleford (22 March 1943)
    Melbourne, Vic. 1943-03-22. V81999 Captain W. J. J. McGee, assisted by VF500148 Major A. R. Appleford, member of the Red Cross, MM; Assistant Controller of the Australian Army Medical Women's Service (AAMWS), Victorian Land and Communication Area, examining kit and records of members of the Australian Army Medical Women's Service (AAMWS) posted to operational areas.
    138235
  25. Australian War Memorial Research Centre: Members of the Australian Army Medical Women's Service at the 115th Heidelberg Military Hospital (24 May 1944)
    Melbourne, Vic. 1944-05-24. Her excellency, Lady Zara Gowrie, wife of the Governor General of Australia inspecting members of the Australian Army Medical Women's Service at the 115th Heidelberg Military Hospital, prior to her return to England. Identified personnel are, left to right:- VFX64621 Captain M.S. Williamson; VF500148 Major A.R. Appleford, RRC., MM.; VFX65349 Lieutenant D.M. Mackrell; Lady Gowrie; Private L.I. Trewin; Private M.C. Carroll; Private L. Wakefield; Private V. Boocock, back row; Private McNuff; Private Brain, Private R.M. Spencer; Private B.M. Baker, Private V.M. Phillips, Private H. Lindsay.
    066316

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