DOUBLE BLOW: Nurse Jessie Sargeant, who died on the same day as her mother and, inset, Jessie's headstone in the Presbyterian section of East Lismore cemetery.
DOUBLE BLOW: Nurse Jessie Sargeant, who died on the same day as her mother and, inset, Jessie's headstone in the Presbyterian section of East Lismore cemetery. Ancestry.com

Double whammy for a dedicated family

IT IS rare when a child dies that a parent does not go to the funeral.

This is what happened to nurse Jessie Sargeant at her funeral in Lismore, when her mother didn't attend.

 

Jessie's headstone in the Presbyterian section of East Lismore cemetery.
Jessie's headstone in the Presbyterian section of East Lismore cemetery. Samantha Elley

Her mother, Jane Sargeant, had a good reason though.

Living at Mount Mitchell, Jane had only just received the news by telegram that her daughter was seriously ill.

She was so upset that she reeled around and died in her son's arms. Three hours later a wire arrived to announce Jessie's death.

Mother and daughter died on the same day and were buried the following day.

Jane's funeral was held at Glen Innes, while Jessie's was held in Lismore and she was buried in the Presbyterian section of the East Lismore cemetery.

Jessie had been a nurse at the Lismore District Hospital.

Her funeral was attended by the matron and several members of the nursing staff, medical staff and members of the committee.

She was born at Glen Innes to William and Jane in 1888, growing up at Mount Mitchell.

It seems the Sargeant family was involved in events for the local hospital.

One news article describes Miss Jessie Sargeant as wearing crème silk and pale blue velvet on the bodice at the annual fund-raising ball for the Glen Innes Hospital.

Her mother supplied the music by playing the piano.

Some time after 1913 Jessie left Glen Innes to be a nurse at Lismore District Hospital.

It was only three years later the hospital would lose a dedicated nurse at the young age of 27, and the Sargeant family tragically lost a daughter/sister and mother/wife on the same day.

REFERENCES: Shock of an urgent telegram, The Daily Telegraph, April 7, 1916; Births, Deaths, Marriages, www.bdm.nsw.gov.au; The Hospital Ball, Glen Innes Examiner, July 29, 1919; Australian Electoral Rolls 1903-1980, ancestry.com.



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