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JESSIE EMMA LINTON was born in Feilding, northern Manawatu, on the 19 February 1888, one of eleven children of Francis Robert Linton who was born in Scotland on 1 February 1863, a stock dealer and his wife Emma Maria Bray born in Nelson New Zealand on 13 March 1867.

The children of Emma and Francis Linton:
Jessie Emma born 1888
Margaret Grace born c. 1889
Robert Charles born circa 1890
Annie Lyle born circa 1892
Andrew William born circa 1895
Barbara Elizabeth born circa 1897
Isabel Zanna born circa 1899
Francis Armstrong born circa 1901
Alister Murray born circa 1904
Harvey Little born circa 1905
Janet Ellen born circa 1908

Stanway School 1896
Jessie Emma Linton back row first right.
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Jessie was brought up in Halcombe, Manawatu where she went to Stanway School. Her Grandfather Robert Linton established the Primitive Methodist Church in Halcombe and was the first local preacher and Sunday School Superintendent.

Jessie Emma Linton standing by the horse holding the reins.

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In 1911, Jessie was living with her parents on an Oeo, Taranaki farm. The entry in the 1911 electoral roll:
EGMONT ROLL: Name, Residence, occupation:
Linton, Emma Maria, Oeo, married.
Linton, Francis Robert, Oeo, farmer
Linton, Jessie Emma, Spinster
Linton, Margaret Grace, Oeo, spinster
Linton, Robert Charles, Oeo, farm assistant

Jessie’s family later moved to Te Awamutu dairy farming at Mangapiko.

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Above is a photo of the Linton Family at Te Awamutu. Jessie is standing in the rear, leaning against the verandah post with her hands behind her back. Jessie's sister Barbara Elizabeth is seated on the chair, third from the right. Barbara was also a nurse who lived just out of Turua.

Jessie trained at Thames Hospital. There is a record of her on the 1914 Electoral Roll: Jessie Emma Linton, Thames Hospital, spinster, nurse. She passed the State Examination of Nurses in June 1917 and becoming a State Registered Nurse at Thames Hospital in Aug 1917.

Jessie Linton becomes a Registered Nurse in 1917.

Jessie’s two brothers Robert Charles and Andrew William both died in the First World War, Private Robert Linton died at the Somme on 17 September 1916 and Sergeant Andrew William Linton was killed in France 14 August 1918. At the time of his death in 1918, his parents, Robert and Emma Linton were living at Mangapiko, Te Awamutu in the Waikato.

Sergeant Andrew William Linton,
Jessie's brother killed in action just before her death in 1918.

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