At the onset of World War I, young women from across Canada bravely enlisted with the Canadian Army Medical Corps and the American Red Cross to offer their services in the war effort. Women enlisting with the CAMC had to be unmarried and fully trained causing many interested in serving overseas as a nurse without a formal education to enlist with the American Red Cross where regulations were less stringent.
Although the following Heritage Minute, Nursing Sisters, focuses on two nurses in particular, Eleanor Thompson and Eden Pringle, it is a commemoration of the hard work and sacrifice of over 2500 Canadian women who served as nurses during the First World War.
The research of Professor Jonathan Vance, University of Western Ontario, has led to the discovery of several women from the Flamborough area that served as nursing sisters during World War I. Through a collaborative World War I veterans research project with Waterdown District High School, many of these brave young women have had brief biographies written about them by students to acknowledge their contribution to the war effort.
The Flamborough Archives has compiled the following listing from Dr. Vance’s initial research, the information found by the WDHS students over the course of their project, and work at the Flamborough Archives, notably by Ms. Jessica Darlison, student archivist. Our hope is that interested readers will be able to appreciate the contributions that these Flamborough nurses made to World War I while recognising their connection to local history.
Nursing Sister Ethel Eva Cutter (1888-1966)
Nursing Sister Jean Isabel “Jennie” Drummond (1892-1985)
Nursing Sister Margaret Eaton (1865-?)
Nursing Sister Gertrude Lagoria English (1888-1980)
Nursing Sister Agnes Annie Forbes (1887-1941)
Nursing Sister Isabella Flora Frid (1889-1987)
Nursing Sister Evelyn Grace Galloway (1893-1987)
Nursing Sister Ruby Lorena Galloway (1888-?)
Nursing Sister Marion Belle Harvie (1892-1981)
Nursing Sister Elizabeth Muriel McGregor (1887-1987)
Nursing Sister Lillias Adelaide Morden (1890-1976)
Nursing Sister Isabel Wallace Peebles (1892-c.1920s)
Nursing Sister Margaret Jane Riddle (1879-1973)
Nursing Sister Ethel Gertrude Ryckman (1890-?)
Nursing Sister Gertrude Walker (1891-1972)
We hope these brief biographies of Flamborough Nursing Sisters are appreciated. Should you know any more information, have pictures or portraits of the nursing sisters, or stories related to their service, please contact us.