Dr Appleford also consulted at Koo Wee Rup and Grantville on 'sale days'.
Dr Appleford's wife, Alice, had also served in the First World War, and as we saw in the article at the top of the post, she holds the M.M. for bravery under fire - the Huns having shelled the hospital in France in which she was working. Alice Ross-King (1887 - 1968) enrolled in the Australian Army Nursing Service on November 5, 1915.When she arrived in Egypt she was assigned to a Clearing Hospital for Gallipoli casualties. In April 1916, the Australian General Hospital, to which she was attached, was transferred to France. On July 22, 1917 the hospital was bombed and for her bravery, Sister Ross-King was awarded the Military Medal, one of only seven Australian Nurses who received this award during World War One. It was during the voyage home that she met Dr Appleford and they married in Melbourne on August 20, 1919. Sister Ross-King's diary, 1915 - 1919, has been transcribed and can be read on the Australian War Memorial website, here, https://www.awm.gov.au/collection/RCDIG0000976/?image=1
Mrs Appleford also served again in the Second World War - In the late 1930s she trained Volunteer Aid Detachments in the Gippsland area. By 1940 she and her family had moved back to Melbourne, living at Essendon. She enlisted for full-time duty with the V.A.D.s and her husband was commissioned as a medical officer in the army. By 1942 the V.A.D.s had developed into the Australian Army Women's Medical Services and Alice Appleford was commissioned as a major and appointed senior assistant controller for Victoria. Untiring in her devotion to duty and hard work, with responsibility for some 2000 servicewomen, her organizing skills had great impact on fund-raising activities during World War II. (Alice Ross-King by Lorna M. Finnie http://adb.anu.edu.au/biography/ross-king-alice-8276)
The couple had four children - Isabel, Alice, John and Richard, who all attended Lang Lang State School.
- Protector’s Plains: history of the Lang Lang Primary school No.2899, 1888-1988 and district by Barbara Coghlan (CBC Publishing, 1988)
- Alice Ross-King by Lorna M. Finnie http://adb.anu.edu.au/biography/ross-king-alice-8276
- Major Alice Ross-King https://www.awm.gov.au/collection/P11013368
- Geelong College website http://gnet.geelongcollege.vic.edu.au:8080/wiki/APPLEFORD-Sydney-Theodore-1891-1959.ashx
- National Archives of Australia First Australian Imperial Force Personnel Dossiers, 1914-1920