ROLL OF HONOUR
On the 23 October 1915 the HMTS Marquette was torpedoed by German U-boat near Salonika. Ten New Zealand nurses, 19 members of the New Zealand Medical Corps and three New Zealand soldiers lost their lives.
For further information see - THE SINKING OF THE MARQUETTE - and the book Cloud over Marquette by John Meredith Smith (1990 Caxton).
- and letter from survivor Ina Nellie Coster.
Hawera & Normanby Star, Volume LXXI, 22 May 1916, Page 4:
The following is an extract from the letter of an Englishman, one of the Marquette crew, to his sister, who is employed at the Hawera Hospital: "Do you happen to know a Nurse Sinclair, who was with the N.Z. R.A.M.C. She was one of the survivors, and happened to be floating about with the same I wreckage as myself. You can tell any one that knows her that she is a plucky girl, and was the means of keeping the hearts up in a good many, while the hours went by, and there was no sign of a vessel near, and the possibility of being picked up was very remote. She sang and shouted all sorts of lively things to one and the other. I have no doubt they (her people, and all who know her) would he pleased to hear about her, and she deserves a word of praise from everybody. I last saw her with the regimental survivors in Salonika."
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