Name/TitleSister Catherine Anne Fox
About this objectSister Catherine Anne Fox (b. 1877) was one of several nurses known in the Waimate area who drowned when the troopship 'Marquette' was sunk by a German torpedo in the Aegean Sea on the 23 October 1915.
Catherine enlisted in the NZ Army Nursing Service in July 1915 and left Wellington, New Zealand on board the SS Maheno. Her service number: 22/118.
The Marquette was a British transport ship and not a hospital ship, marked witha red cross, so it sailed without the protection of the Geneva Convention and was therefore fair game for German submarines. The medical staff on board were on route to Salonika (Thessaloniki), Greece where the British and French had been supporting Serbian forces since September.
167 people drowned, including 32 New Zealanders (10 women - nurses and 22 men).
When news of the sinking reached Waimate the town flew its flags at half mast.
The daughter of Mr & Mrs John Fox of Studholme, Catherine was born in Central Otago, trained at Dunedin Hospital, and afterwards nursed at Waimate, Christchurch and Auckland. At the time of enlistment on 6 July 1915 she was working in Auckland as a private nurse.
The Waimate Museum holds the commemorative plaque for nurses I. Clark, M. Gorman and C. Fox that was once displayed in the Waimate Hospital.
Date Madec. 1914-1915
Subject and Association KeywordsWWI