Clarice Elizabeth Green
Lieutenant/Temporary Head Sister
Australian Army Nursing Service
Clarice Elizabeth Green - Information
Clarice was a daughter of immigrants Samuel Isaac and Anne Green. Clarice’s parents arrived in Queensland and married in 1869. They soon settled in Campbelltown, where Samuel became a minister at the Congregational Church. Samuel and Anne were blessed with three children, including Clarice, before moving the family to Victoria. Clarice then trained as a nurse at Alfred Hospital in Melbourne.
When the war started, Clarice was quick to act, enlisting in the Australian Army Nursing Service on the 4th of November 1914, aged 43. She was appointed Sister and assigned to the 1st Australian General Hospital. She then embarked Melbourne on the HMAT Kyarra on the 5th of December 1914. She landed in Egypt, and was made Temporary Matron at the al Hayat Convalescence Depot. Clarice then joined the staff at the 1st Australian General Hospital. However, from being in contact with patients, Clarice contracted influenza and was evacuated to hospital in Brighton, England in January 1917. By April, she had recovered, and was posted for duty in France. By September, she was Temporary Head Sister at Croydon War Hospital. In late January 1918, Clarice was attached to the 3rd Australian Auxiliary Hospital in Dartford and then No. 2 Convalescence Depot in Weymouth by December. During her long service, Clarice had provided lifesaving and nurturing care to the many sick and wounded troops on her wards. Although, she would have been haunted by the suffering she witnessed. In June 1919, Clarice was posted to AIF Headquarters in London, before leaving for Australia in November.