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Dorah Bernstein "Bunny"

Born:
4 Shevat 5648 (17 January 1888)
Died:
2 Kislev 5679 (06 November 1918)

Basic Information

Unique reference:
BER4267
Other first name:
Deborah
Gender:
Female

Birth

Date of birth:
4 Shevat 5648 (17 January 1888)
Place of birth:
South Africa
Date arrived in Britain:
1918

Death

Date of death:
2 Kislev 5679 (06 November 1918)
Died in combat?:
No
Place of death:
London
Cause of death:
Pneumonia
Burial place:
Willesden Jewish Cemetery

Places

Addresses

Her home:
17 Caroline Street, Johannesberg SA
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Funeral of a Jewish Nurse - Jewish Chronicle 15 November 1918, 15 November 1918

On Sunday last. Sister Dora Bernstein, of Johannesburg, was buried at the Willesden Cemetery with full military honours. The ceremony was attended by the Colonel and Matron of the South African Military Hospital, Richmond to which the deceased belonged—as well as by a large number of nurses of the Hospital and Jewish V.A.D.'s from the Hampstead area. Tbe Rev. Michael Adler, D.S.O., and the Rev. H. Goodman (officiating clergymen to troops, London District), officiated at the ceremony, which was terminated by the customary firing of three volleys and the sounding of the "Last Post." A valuable life has been prematurely cut short by the death at the South African Military Hospital, Richmond, on the 6th inst., from pneumonia supervening
upon influenza, of Staff sister Dora Bernstein, S. A.M.N.S., daughter of Mrs. and the late Mr. I. Bernstein, of Hillbrow, Johannesburg. The deceased Sister joined the Nursing Service shortly after the outbreak of the War in September, 1914, and served in the Sooth-West African Campaign till August, 1915, in the Hospital at Swakopmund. From August, 1915, till October, 1917 she served on the Hospital Ship Ebani, and after a short stay in East Africa was transferred to the Wynberg Military Hospital. Miss Bernstein arrived in England to take up
duty at the South African Hospital as recently as August 21st last, and was promoted to the rank of Sister. In Richmond she was a general favourite among the Staff and patients alike, and many touching tributes to her character, sweet disposition, winning personality and devotion to duty have been expressed both by Officers and co-workers. Great is the grief at her untimely demise.

Springbok Magazine - December 1918

Sister Bernstein was a beautiful character and her loss is indeed a heavy one. Her record was one of loving devotion to her unselfish duty. She joined the Union Defence Force in September of 1914, and remained at her first post in Wynberg until May 1st of the following year, when she was transferred to Swakopmund, South-West Africa, returning to Wynberg on August 11th, 1915. Sister Bernstein faithfully served our patients on the Hospital Ship Ebani, plying between East Africa and Cape Town for two years and two months. She left Wynberg, where she had been appointed Staff Nurse and Nursing Sister, for England this year, and reported for duty at the South African Military Hospital, Richmond Park, Surrey in July. She passed to her rest on the 6th of November and was buried with full military honours on the 10th November at Willesden Cemetery.

Richmond and Twickenham Times , 16 November 1918

A valuable life has been prematurely cut short by the death at the South African Military Hospital, Richmond Park, on the 6th instant, from pneumonia, supervening upon influenza, of Staff Nurse Dora Bernstein, S.A.M.N.S., daughter of Mrs and the late Mr J. Bernstein of Hillbrow, Johannesburg.
Sister Bernstein joined the nursing service shortly after the outbreak of war, in September, 1914, and served in the South-West African campaign until August 1915 at the hospital at Swakopmund. From August 1915 to October 1917, she served on the hospital ship, Ebani, and after a short stay in East Africa, she was transferred to the Wynberg Military Hospital. She arrived in England to take on duty at the South African Hospital on August 21st last, and was promoted to the rank of sister. In Richmond she was a general favourite among the staff and patients alike, and many touching tributes to her sweet disposition and devotion to duty have been expressed both by officers and co-workers.
The high esteem in which she was held was manifested at the funeral on Sunday last. The coffin, wrapped in the Union Jack, was borne from the hospital mortuary by Jewish orderlies of S.A.M.C. through lines of the nursing staff drawn up as a guard of honour, and placed in an ambulance for transport to the Willesden Jewish Cemetery, where the interment took place. On arrival there the cortege was met by a military escort and firing party. Among those present were the officer commanding the South African Hospital (Lieut.-Colonel C.M. Thornton) the matron (Miss Jackson) and a large contingent of the nursing staff. The service prior to the interment was read by the Rev. H. Goodman, the officiating clergyman to the Jewish troops in the London District. After the burial, the usual three volleys were fired and the “Last Post” sounded. The second portion of the service was read by Major the Rev. M. Adler, D.S.O., the senior Jewish chaplain to the forces.

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Family

Siblings

Miriam Bernstein (female)
Judith Bernstein (female)
Lazarus Bernstein (male)
Rachel Bernstein "Rae" (female)
Leah Bernstein (female)

Parents

Mother: Flora Bernstein (female)
Father: Harris Bernstein (male)

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Military Record

Military service:
South African Military Nursing Service
Date enlisted/conscripted:
1914
Date discharged/death:
06 November 1918
Rank at discharge/death:
Staff Sister
Assignments
Regiment:
Nursing Service
Posting:
GWSA, Salonika, Egypt, France, U.K.
HMHS Ebani
Wynberg Military Hospital
South African Military Hospital, Richmond

Roll of Honour

DORAH. BERNSTEIN, 06 November 1918

Commonwealth Graves Commission

Rank:
Staff Nurse
Date of Death:
06/11/1918
Age:
Regiment / service:
Cemetery:
Willesden Jewish Cemetery
Grave reference:
KK. 5.
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