The Ausonia did not sink and was towed into port at Queensland where it underwent repairs. A year later, it was sunk by a German submarine.
Creswell went on to have a challenging wartime career in France. She served in a hospital that was bombed and where nurses were killed and she also served in a casualty clearing station near the front. For her exemplary service, she was awarded the Royal Red Cross Second class.
This article, which has been provided by Katherine Dewar of Charlottetown, runs in The Guardian on one Saturday each month. Dewar’s book, “Those Splendid Girls: The Heroic Service of Prince Edward Island Nurses in the Great War”, was recently published by Island Studies Press. Check out thosesplendidgirls.ca or email email@example.com.