Hawley, Nellie


War Service:
Probationer Nurse (Special) NELLIE HAWLEY, of Queen Alexandra's Imperial Military Nursing Service died on 31 December 1917, aged 29.

On Monday 31 December 1917 the troopship Osmanieh was carrying troops and medical staff to Alexandria when she struck a mine laid by a U-boat in the entrance to the harbour. She sank with heavy loss of life. Among those lost were eight nurses. Two other Lewisham residents, Lance Bombardier Walter Brett and Airman 3rd class Bertie Hugh Wolfe, were also lost on the Osmanieh.

She is buried and remembered in Alexandria (Hadra) War Memorial cemetery

Location of Memorial:
Her name appears on the War Memorial in the Grounds of Holy Trinity Church Beckenham close to her parents address. Her name also appeared on the memorial at Malvern House School, Lewisham Park, which was destroyed in an air raid during the Second World War.

She was the daughter of Alfred Arthur and Stella Hawley, of 29, Kingshall Road, Beckenham, Kent.


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and Steve Hughes

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