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Fanny Isobel Catherine “Topsy” TysonAge: 29 years18901919

Name
Fanny Isobel Catherine “Topsy” Tyson
Nickname
Topsy
Birth March 7, 1890 24
Birth of a sisterAnnie M Tyson
April 13, 1892 (Age 2 years)
Birth of a sisterEmma Marguerite Tyson
July 23, 1894 (Age 4 years)
Birth of a brotherJohn Patrick Tyson
August 26, 1896 (Age 6 years)
Birth of a brotherCharles Edward Tyson
February 22, 1898 (Age 7 years)
Birth of a sisterNellie Tyson
September 18, 1900 (Age 10 years)
Birth of a brotherPercival James Tyson
November 5, 1902 (Age 12 years)
Death of a motherTheresa Adelaide Kelly
1904 (Age 13 years)

Marriage of a parentJohn TysonEthel Augusta MurphyView this family
1908 (Age 17 years)
Birth of a half-sisterAllison Alexandra Carbis Tyson
April 12, 1909 (Age 19 years)
Birth of a half-sisterAudrey Lachlan Tyson
November 26, 1910 (Age 20 years)
Death of a paternal grandmotherEmma Adelaide Lacey
May 17, 1915 (Age 25 years)

Birth of a half-sisterJune Phillipa Tyson
September 2, 1915 (Age 25 years)
Death April 20, 1919 (Age 29 years)
Burial April 23, 1919 (3 days after death)
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Marriage: September 2, 1884Hay, N.S.W., Australia
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Topsy Tyson.pngFanny Isobel Catherine “Topsy” Tyson
Birth: March 7, 1890 24Balranald, N.S.W., Australia
Death: April 20, 1919Sutton Veny, Wiltshire, England
2 years
younger sister
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younger sister
2 years
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18 months
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Marriage: 1908, Victoria, Australia
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Audrey Lachlan Tyson
Birth: November 26, 1910 45 31South Yarra, Victoria, Australia
Death: December 15, 1990, Victoria, Australia
5 years
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Rank: Sister – Australian Army Nursing Service

Units Served: 1st and 2nd Australian General Hospital

Personal Details: Fanny Isobel Catherine Tyson was born in 1890 at Balranald N.S.W.; she was one of ten children born to John and Theresa Tyson. Her nickname was ‘Topsy’. Between 1902 and 1904 the family moved to Elsternwick, Victoria where her mother died in 1904. Topsy trained for 3 years as nurse at the Bendigo Public Hospital, and had the rank of Staff Sister for 8 months at the time of her enlistment. Her sister Theresa was also a nurse at the Bendigo Public Hospital, she also joined the AANS. Three of her brothers served with the AIF.

Enlistment Details: Fanny enlisted in the Australian Army Nursing Service on June 17th 1915 and was assigned to the 1st Australian General Hospital. She was 25 years old.

Details about her role in the War: Topsy Tyson embarked from Melbourne on the HMAT Wandilla on the 17 June 1915. I am assuming that as she ‘proceeded to join the BEF’ from Alexandria and disembarked at Marseilles on the 6th April 1916 she must have previously been in the Middle East. Both her casualty form and the 1st AGH diary only begin from April 1916. On the 13th of April she joined No.6 General Hospital in France until the 23rd April when she reported to No. 1 Australian General Hospital, where she remained until she went on leave to Rouen on 3rd February 1917. She rejoined from leave on the 22nd of February and was detached to the No. 10 Stationary Hospital in St. Omer where she remained until 17th July 1917 when she was posted to 2nd Australian Casualty Clearing Station at St. Omer. From there she was again posted to the 10th Stationary Hospital in Rouen. On the 4th January she was reposted to 2nd Australian General Hospital in the field, and then reported for temporary duty with the Deputy Director of Medical Services Boulogne at Wimereux. From there she went to Cannes on leave and ceased to be attached to the 2A.G.H and went to the 5th Stationary Hospital in Dieppe on the 1st February 1918 until she went on leave to the UK in October where she was to be retained on completion of her leave. On the 6th October 1918 she was attached to the 2nd Australian Auxiliary Hospital at Southall and detached to No.2 Group Clearing Hospital at Hurdcott. On the 20th of April 1919 she was admitted to the 1st Australian General Hospital at Sutton Veny where she died at 8pm from a Cerebral Haemorrhage. She was 28 years old.

Burial Details: St. John the Evangelist Churchyard, Sutton Veny on the 23rd April, 1919

Topsy was buried with full Military honours. The coffin was draped with the Australia Flag and was conveyed to the graveside on a Gun-carriage preceded by a Firing Party from No.1 Australian Training Brigade, Sutton Veny. Six Australians supported the Pall. The ‘Last Post’ was sounded and volleys fired over the grave. A large number of Officers, NCO’s and Men followed the remains and were present at the graveside ceremony. Flowers were sent from her colleagues at her various postings. Her sister Theresa and her brother Charles Tyson and her friend Mr. Fry were also present at her funeral.

Lest We Forget

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Note: Enlisted in Australian Army Nursing Service, rank of Sister. Served in France and England. Died at Sutton Veny on 20/4/19 as a result of Cerebral Haemorrhage (age 29). Buried at St John the Evangelist Churchyard at Sutton Veny on 23 April 1919 with sister Theresa and brother Charles in attendance. She was buried in Grave no 85, Military Section, in Consecrated Ground.
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