Charles Dowdell Jnr Family
2. Louisa Madeleine Dowdell married Colin Matcham Pitt
3. Ella Dowdell
4. Amy Mona Dowdell married Angel Money
5. Dr Charles Dowdell Junior
6. Frank Percival Dowdell married Annie Francis Theresa Meredith
7. Jessie Isabel Dowdell married George Henderson
8. Leslie Gerald Dowdell married Ethel May Peers
9. May Gertrude Dowdell
10. Monita Dowdell
11. Douglas Ludlow Dowdell married Enid Karla Oliphant
London Gazette 4th March 1918
Reginald Money's early education was at Sydney Grammar School where he was captain of the school in 1913. He began his medical studies at the University of Sydney in 1914 but shortly after the outbreak of war he interrupted his course and enlisted as a gunner in the First Australian Imperial Force. He was later commissioned as Lieutenant in the Field Artillery and was awarded the Military Cross.
After demobilisation he returned to his medical studies and qualified in 1923 with first class honours, having been awarded the Mills Prize for surgery and the Sandes Prize for medicine. He served as resident medical officer, registrar and medical superintendent at Prince Alfred Hospital, Sydney, before being appointed assistant surgeon and tutor in surgery from 1928 to 1937. He passed the FRACS in 1931 and the FRCS in the following year. Visiting the United States at this time he was greatly inspired by the work of Dr Howard Naffziger in California, operating on the brain using the new techniques of Dr Harvey Cushing. He decided to specialise in neurosurgery and gained further experience visiting Harvey Cushing in Boston, A W Adson at the Mayo Clinic, Hugh Cairns at the London Hospital and de Martel in Paris.
In 1937 he was appointed honorary assistant surgeon and lecturer in traumatic neurosurgery at the Royal Alfred Hospital, Sydney, and in the following year was additionally honorary surgeon at the Royal North Shore Hospital. He was instrumental in setting up the first fully equipped department of neurosurgery in Australia at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital in 1938.
Shortly after the outbreak of the second world war he again joined the services and was Colonel in the Royal Australian Army Medical Corps, commanding the 2nd/6th Australian General Hospital in the Middle East, Greece and Crete before returning to Northern Australia. His services were recognised by his appointment as Commander of the Order of the British Empire and the award of the Efficiency Decoration.
At the end of the war he returned to his hospital appointments in Sydney and served twice as President of the Neurosurgical Society of Australia in 1953 and 1965. He was made a director on the board of the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital in 1953 and served as Vice-Chairman from 1968 to 1973. Retiring from the active staff of the hospital he was appointed consulting neurosurgeon in 1957. His professional interests continued and from 1961 to 1969 he served as a member of the Traffic Injury Committee of the National Health and Medical Research Council of the Commonwealth of Australia. He contributed extensively to professional journals about his military and civilian experience.
Apart from his neurosurgical commitments he was interested in farming, horse-racing, tennis and golf. He married Dorothy Jean Wilkinson in 1937 and they had two daughters, Angela (Raymond) and Carole (Roussel) neither of whom has taken up medicine.
Towards the end of his life when the department of neurosurgery at Prince Alfred Hospital moved from its original site to a new building, the board of the Hospital named it the R A Money department of neurosurgery in recognition of his contributions to the Hospital and to neurosurgery. He died on 16 January 1984, aged 86, survived by his wife, daughters and two grandsons.
The details on his application for a commission with the Army had the following information :-
One mention Captain Rupert Henderson received in the despatches was as follows:
"Acted as CO of the Battalion on the 25th when all senior officers had been killed or wounded. On the 25th and 26th he displayed conspicuous gallantry in rallying all the men of all battalions under particular heavy fire. (Reported by Lt Col R.Cartside Commanding Battalion).
I have had access to the family letters of Rupert and Alan, written from the Transport SS Hororata and from the camp at Mena in Egypt. I have been able to transcribe these letters which were published as “The Journey to Gallipoli” by Hellass Ink Publishing 2004. This I owe to my friend, Maggie Helass. The original letters are now in the archives of their old school, Trinity Grammar School, Kew, available to a new generation of Victorians.
Alan was shot during the landing, taken on board a transport for Alexandria, but died the next day and was buried at sea.
Rupert was killed on 8 May in the battle of Krithia on Cape Helles, having been temporarily in charge of the Battalion through the injury or death of his senior officers. He is buried in Redoubt Cemetery, Helles.
In 1918 my father, Kenneth, recorded his experiences as a chaplain in the mud and blood of Flanders in a book “Khaki and Cassock”, illustrated by Napier Waller and published by Melville and Mullen Pty Ltd in 1919.
In late 1945 Margaret was recruited by the Red Cross for postwar civilian work and was posted to Malaya as senior medical officer working on a range of nutritional problems and tropical diseases. She continued her work for the Red Cross in London and Switzerland and developed an interest in specialising in respiratory and thoracic medicine.
In 1947 Margaret passed the examinations in London for membership of the Royal College of Physicians. To afford the return passage home, Margaret volunteered as an escort and assistant surgeon for the Overseas League on the Ormonde, bound for Melbourne with a group of 50 orphan boys. On the night of October 29, 1947 Margaret diagnosed an acute case of appendicitis and operated successfully. The boy made a swift recovery and was able to go sightseeing in Fremantle. It was a rare event for a woman to operate at sea.
In Melbourne Margaret became an honorary physician from 1947-75 and a specialist physician from 1976-82 at RMH. She was also a consultant physician at the Queen Victoria Hospital for Women, vice-president of the Royal District Nursing Service and member of their management committee for 18 years.
In 1976 she was awarded the Order of the British Empire for services to medicine, a rare distinction in that era.
12 May 1915 Cemetery:
Redoubt Cemetery Helles Gallipoli
London Gazette 4th March 1918
HANCOCK, JOHN ELIOT, Temporary Lieut., Norfolk Regt.
‘For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. Owing to his company commander being seriously wounded, he took command of the left company in an attack. ‘When they came under heavy machine-gun fire he organised a frontal attack while he, with two N.C.O.’s, rushed across the open from a flank, killed or wounded all the gun team and put the guns out of action. He himself killed six men. In the subsequent fighting he showed great initiative in clearing the houses in a village and directing the advance.’