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.
[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)
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.
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.
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
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]
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957)Monday 21 June 1948 p 7 Article
... ; Collins st, on Saturday, when Alice Marion Appleford, younger daughter of Lieutenant-Colonel and Mrs S. T ... . Appleford, of Essendon, was married to Lieutenant Geoffrey Howard Sanders, RAN, younger son of Mr and Mrs C ...
Camperdown Chronicle (Vic. : 1877 - 1954)Wednesday 10 November 1886 p 2 Article
... parties were sued by Mr. H. G. Appleford in thn Warrnambool Police Court on Friday for the recovery of ... December?, by Mr. Frank Alien. The total number of lots scheduled for sale is fifty. The firxt nine are ...