Nurse Nellie Leake trained at Sydney Hospital, where, as a second year assistant nurse she was awarded second prize in 1908, which was presented by the Governor, Sir Harry Rawson.
Nurse Leake enlisted in April 1915, aged 32. She served in Greece, Egypt, England and France. As a staff nurse at the No 3 Australian General Hospital on the island of Lemnos in Greece she nursed Australian casualties from the Gallipoli campaign.
Nurse Leake returned to Orange in August 1919. Her name appears on the Holy Trinity Church Orange Honour Roll.