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ROSS Norah Martha
(Served as Norah Campbell-Noble) Nurse, Army Nursing Service, UK, WW1
24068, Legion of Frontiersmen, New Zealand

CITATION
Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (Civil)
Gazetted June 1954, p3300
For services to the community.

Legion Long Service & Efficiency Medal
Approved 10 October 1965
Sister Ross joined the Legion of Frontiersmen in 1921.  From that time until the present she has maintained a most definite interest in all Legion affairs.
Prior to the outbreak of World War II, Sister Ross took over command of the local unit which was known as the Woman’s Auxiliary, Legion of Frontiersmen (WALF).  Her command of the unit extended throughout the period of its existence from 1938 until 1945.  Under her control the formation rose to a strength of 120 members.  With the introduction of the Emergency Precautions Scheme (EPS) the members of the unit were seconded for the active duty with the New Zealand Police Department.
Sister Ross has perpetuated the memory of the WALF by means of contributions to the Dunedin YWCA Royal Building Fund and Life Membership, in the name of ‘R’ Squadron, in the Maori Education Foundation.
During the First World War, Mrs Ross served as a Sister and acting Matron with the British Expeditionary Force in Northern France, and at Woolwich.  For her service she was awarded the Croix de Guerre with Palm and stars.
In local civic affairs Sister Ross has served as a Justice of the Peace for 33 years and as a member of the Otago Hospital Board for 25 years.  In various capacities she has served the community on the Home Economics Association (Otago University), President of the League of Mothers, President of the Dunedin Citizens’ Day Nursery and Rest Room Committee, Associate of Children’s Court, Unemployed Women’s Committee and the Society for the Protection of Women and Children. 
Sister Ross is the holder of the King George VI Jubilee Medal and was created a Member of the British Empire (MBE) in 1954.

AWARDS
Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (Civil)
British War Medal
Victory Medal
Jubilee Medal 1935
Croix de Guerre, France
Palm, and 2 Stars

Legion of Frontiersmen Long Service & Efficiency Medal [1965]
Legion of Frontiersmen Pioneer Axe [1966]
Red Cross Award

Royal Free Hospital Nurses League Badge
Justice Association of Otago, New Zealand Badge

NOTES
Born 1885, Southwold, Sussex, England
Died 28 July 1970, Palmerston North, New Zealand
Cremated Kelvin Grove, Palmerston North
Ashes Buried 1 October 1970 Anderson’s Bay Cemetery, Dunedin [Block 42. Plot 20]

BIOGRAPHICAL
Born Southwold, England 1885, the only child of W.J. Browne.  Educated at private
schools in England, Scotland, and France.
Trained as a nurse in Edinburgh and first married to Mr Campbell-Noble, war
casuatly?? (sorry... put she was 'later'  Campbell-Noble, but this was her first
marriage.  Later, she was Ross).
Married again to Walter Ross, 3rd son of Sir John Ross, in 1919. The couple maoved to Dunedin in 1920 to help run the family firm of Ross and Glendinning.
Norah Ross was very involved in community affairs and received the 1935 Jubilee Medal, and M.B.E. in 1954, for her work. She was also an early female member of the Legion of Frontiersmen in New Zealand.
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