Nurse Effie McLeod was born at Warrnambool but was resident at the Wattle Tea Rooms in Lydiard Street Ballarat when, as a 25 year old, she joined the Australian Army Nursing Service on May 24th 1917. She had previously had four years of nursing experience in Ballarat. She embarked from Melbourne on June 12th on the Mooltan and reached Suez on July 18th. Little more than a week later she sailed on to Salonica in Greece where she served predominantly at the 52nd General Hospital treating sickness rather than battle wounds. In March 1919 she was admitted to the 14th Australian General Hospital suffering from rheumatism and arthritis. She returned to Australia on the Orari, disembarking on June 30th 1919. She died on December 17th 1973 at the age of 84.