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Full Name
Ruth Smith
Rank Last Held
Also Known As
World War I, 1914-1918
Serial No.
First Known Rank
  • Nurse
  • Sister
Occupation before Enlistment
  • Unknown occupation
  • Matron
Next of Kin
  • Mrs Charles Smith (mother), 4 Park Road, Auckland, New Zealand
  • Mrs C. Smith (mother), 4 Park Road, Auckland, New Zealand
Marital Status
  • Single
  • Unknown marital status
Enlistment Address
  • Mercury Bay Hospital, Whitianga, New Zealand
  • Unknown address
Military District
  • Auckland
  • Unknown military district
Body on Embarkation
  • Hospital Ship No. 2, Marama
  • New Zealand Expeditionary Force
Embarkation Unit
  • New Zealand Army Nursing Service Corps
  • New Zealand Army Nursing Service Corps
Embarkation Date
  • 4 December 1915
  • 5 April 1917
Place of Embarkation
  • Wellington, New Zealand
  • Wellington, New Zealand
  • Marama
  • Devon
  • Alexandria, Egypt
  • Devonport, England
Nominal Roll Footnotes
Returning to duty.
Nominal Roll Number
  • Vol1
  • 59
Page on Nominal Roll
  • 677
  • 16
Biographical Notes
Initial service was with Hospital Ship Marama in 1915. Ruth Smith then returned to duty on HMNZT Devon and saw further service in France.
Additional Information
New Zealand had one hospital in France: No.1 New Zealand Stationary Hospital. It was based at Amiens from July 1916 to April/May 1917. In May 1917 the unit was transferred to Hazebrouck as advance preparation for the second battle of Messines.
Archives NZ source
Further References
  • Kendall, S. & Corbett, D. (1990). New Zealand military nursing: a history of the R.N.Z.N.C, Boer War to present day. Auckland, The Authors.
  • Auckland War Memorial Museum Scars on the Heart WWI "Nurses and Volunteers" display. Display item is a card "Best wishes for a speedy recovery from the Staff of "A" Ward His Majesty's New Zealand Hosiptal Ship, No 2" with the names of all the staff on the Marama.
Sources Used
  • Nominal Rolls of New Zealand Expeditionary Force Volume I. Wellington: Govt. Printer, 1914-1919
  • Nominal Rolls of New Zealand Expeditionary Force Volume III. Wellington: Govt. Printer, 1918

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