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Full Name
Catherine Anne Fox
Rank Last Held
Staff Nurse
Forename(s)
Catherine Anne
Surname
Fox
Also Known As
Anne
War
World War I, 1914-1918
Serial No.
22/118
Gender
Female
Religion
Roman Catholic
First Known Rank
Staff Nurse
Occupation before Enlistment
Nurse
Next of Kin
Miss M. Fox (sister), Hallenstein's Buildings, Queen Street, Auckland, New Zealand
Marital Status
Single
Body on Embarkation
Hospital Ship No 1, Maheno
Embarkation Unit
New Zealand Army Nursing Service Corps
Embarkation Date
10 July 1915
Place of Embarkation
Wellington, New Zealand
Transport
Hospital Ship. No. 1, 1st Voyage from NZ
Vessel
Maheno
Destination
Suez, Egypt
Nominal Roll Number
Vol1
Page on Nominal Roll
242
Last Unit Served
New Zealand Army Nursing Service
Place of Death
Lost at sea, HT Marquette, Aegean Sea
Date of Death
23 October 1915
Year of Death
1915
Cause of Death
Drowned
Memorial Name
  • Mikra Memorial, Greece
  • Auckland War Memorial Museum, World War 1 Hall of Memories
  • Nurses' Memorial Chapel, Riccarton Avenue, Christchurch, New Zealand
  • Memorial window, Five Sisters Window, north transept, York Minster, York, England
Biographical Notes
  • Catherine Fox was the sister of Miss M. Fox, of Hallenstein's Buildings, Auckland. Born at Otago.
  • Trained as a nurse in Dunedin.
  • Served in Egypt
  • Catherine Fox was one of the New Zealand nurses who died when the Marquette was torpedoed and sank in October 1915.
Description of Image
  • Portrait, Auckland Weekly News 1915
  • Name panel, Staff Nurses, Auckland War Memorial Museum, World War 1 Hall of Memories (photo John Halpin 2010)
  • Stained glass ceiling of the entrance foyer, Auckland War Memorial Museum . The window includes the crests of Great Britain and its Dominions and Colonies involved in the First World War. (photo Brian Brake).
Additional Information
  • Name Anne on the Roll of Honour
  • The Marquette was a British Merchant ship of 7,057 tons. It sank when a torpedo launched from a submarine hit it 36 miles south of Salonica Bay. Twenty nine crew and 182 troops were lost. Ten of those who died were New Zealand nurses who had been working at No.1 New Zealand Stationary Hospital in Port Said in October 1915 when they were ordered to prepare to go to Lemnos. The hospital was to be set up there to care for casualties being brought back from the Dardanelles.
  • The Transport Ship Marquette took on board officers and men of the New Zealand Medical Corps, 36 New Zealand Army Nursing Staff, 610 officers and men of 29th Divisional Ammunition Column , 541 mules and some ammunition in mid October sailed for Salonika. The French torpedo destroyer Tirailleur joined the convoy on 22 October which gave credence to the idea that there was a real danger of being attacked by German submarines in the Mediterranean. The torpedo destroyer left the convoy that night and at 9.15 am on 23 October the Marquette was hit by a torpedo on the starboard side and began to list. Within about 15 minutes she sank.
  • Nurses lost their lives in the evacuation as lifeboats tipped over as they were lowered into the sea, some boats falling on others, with some being left on the ship and going down with her.
  • In Egypt there were two New Zealand Hospitals (No.1 and 2 NZ Stationary Hospitals and one Convalescent Hospital (Aotea Convalescent Hospital) in Cairo.
Archives NZ source
Further References
Sources Used
  • Nominal Rolls of New Zealand Expeditionary Force Volume I. Wellington: Govt. Printer, 1914-1919
  • Commonwealth War Graves Commission. URL: http://www.cwgc.org

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