In Memory Of


Service Details
Date of Birth:
Probationer Nurse
South African Hospital, Richmond Park
South African Military Nursing Service
Date of Death:
Cause of Death:
Drowned at sea (from S.S. "Galway Castle"), as a result of an attack by an enemy submarine 160 miles S.W. and .5 S. of the Fastnet
Grave Reference:
Panel 105 (Addenda)
United Kingdom
Additional Information
Daughter of Walter Harding Bovell Addison and Rosalie Benoni Addison of Kloof Station, Natal. Walter was born around 1859 at Kloof. In 1894 he was a sugar planter at Stanger. He served with the Natal Volunteers during the Boer War and died in 1931. He married first, Rosalie Benoni Colenbrander, daughter of John Arnold Colenbrander. They had four children - Corrie, Ernest, Alphonse and Rosalie. Walter's wife died and he then married his wife's sister, Alice Colenbrander. They had two children - Laura and Daphne. After being educated at St. Anne's College, Corrie became a nurse. She had worked overseas but after the death of her brothers she set sail for South Africa in the SS Galway Castle to be with her father. The ship was torpedoed on the 12th September 1918. Apparently Corrie gave up her place in a lifeboat to another passenger and subsequently perished. Her name is not listed under SS Galway Castle on the Tower Hill Memorial. One of her brothers was Second Lieutenant Alphonse Colenbrander Addison who was with the 2nd Regiment, South African Infantry. He died on the 12th October 1916, aged 20 and is remembered on the Thiepval Memorial, pier and face 4C. The other brother was Lieutenant Ernest Colenbrander Addison who was with the same regiment and died on the 4th May 1918 aged 23. He is remembered on the Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, panel 15 - 16 and 16A. A sad case where a father lost three of his children to the war. Born Addington, Natal, South Africa. Remembered on Stanger War Memorial, Stanger, Kwazulu, Natal