Ada Alice Morehead

 

Australian Army Nursing Service


Date/Place of Birth: 9 June 1887, Penrith, NSW


Biographical details: Ada Alice Morehead was born on 9 June 1887, the daughter of John and Annie Morehead of ‘Ferndale’ Luddenham. Ada is believed to have completed her nursing training at the Nepean Cottage Hospital.

Military Service with the AANS: The date of Morehead’s enlistment is not known. However, Morehead left Australia on 23 July 1915, possibly on board the Orsova. On 28 October 1915, Staff Nurse Morehead commenced duty at the 2000 bed Norfolk War Hospital, Norwich England. This facility, requisitioned by the military, was the former Norfolk Lunatic Asylum at Thorpe, near Norwich. On 1 December 1915, Morehead was detailed for duty at the 4th London General Hospital, Denmark Hill London which catered for military and civilian patients. On 2 November 1916, Morehead was transferred to No 3 Australian General Hospital at Brighton, England before being detached from duty with No 1 Australian Auxiliary Hospital in March 1917. In January 1918, Staff Nurse Morehead was posted for duty with the 5th Stationary Hospital in France. In April 1918, Morehead was posted for duty to No 1 Australian General Hospital and promoted to Sister in December of that year. On 28 December 1918, Morehead disembarked at Southampton bound for Sutton Veny. Between March and July 1919, Morehead was granted leave for non-military employment in England. This leave was cancelled on 23 May 1919. A medical board convened on 31 May 1919 found that Sister Morehead was debilitated and had suffered influenza and coughing for three months. On 4 June 1919 Sister Morehead embarked as a member of the nursing staff aboard the Bremen bound for Australia. She arrived in Australia on 28 July 1919.

After WW1, Sister Morehead applied for the 1914-1915 Star but was ruled ineligible for this medal as she had not served within a war zone during this period. In 1931 Ada Alice Morehead married James Moys McKay at Burwood and in 1931 Ada was resident at 22 Hunter Rd Mosman. In 1936 they were living at 26 hopetown Ave, Mosman. James Died in 1947. Ada died on Colombo on 7th July 1951. She is buried with her husband at Rookwood Cemetery.