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Nurses of World War I: Mabel Helen Taylor

Mabel Helen Taylor was born near Corby’s Mill on the 4th Concession, Lot 8 in Corbyville on Aug 28, 1880 daughter of William Taylor and Elspeth Gordon. In her attestation papers she listed Belleville as her place of birth but her father managed the Distillery for Hon. Henry Corby’s business and they lived adjacent to the Mill.

Mabel Helen Taylor

She was educated locally, was a graduate of the Nursing School at the Hamilton City Hospital about 1914 and received her Certificate of Military Qualification at the Niagara on the Lake Camp on July 14, 1915. Miss Taylor was on staff of the Hamilton Military Hospital and enlisted in the Canadian Army Medical Corps on Aug 7, 1916.

Height:  5’ 8”

Weight:  131lb

Age: 35 (stated age: 30)

Nursing Sister Taylor went overseas in July 1918, served at the hospitals in Shorncliffe and London, England and was admitted to the Canadian Red Cross Officer’s Hospital in London in Feb 1919 with influenza. She returned to Canada, setting sail on May 3, 1919 aboard the S.S. Royal George and was discharged on May 20, 1919. Engaged in private duty nursing in Toronto, Miss Taylor was united in marriage to Veteran Francis Oliver Lucas on June 28, 1922; they resided at 27 Whitehall Road.

Mabel Helen Lucas died on Feb 25, 1951 aged 70 years 5 months 27 days. She is interred at the Belleville Cemetery Section N Row 11 Grave 4.

Mabel Taylor grave marker

 

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Nurses of World War I: Margaret Tait

Margaret Tait was born at Thurso, Caithness, Scotland on Aug 9, 1882 daughter of William Tait and Isabella Sutherland.

She was educated locally, immigrated to Canada about 1909 and was a graduate of the Nursing School at the Brantford General Hospital in 1914. Miss Tait enlisted in the Canadian Army Medical Corps in Toronto on Jan 31, 1916.

Height:  5’ 10”

Weight:  148lb

Age: 33

Nursing Sister Tait embarked the S.S. Olympic on Apr 1, 1916 and served as Matron at the Orpington Hospital, was night supervisor at Shorncliffe, England and was with the No. 2 Canadian General Hospital at Le Treport, France; she was overseas when her father died in Kingston. Miss Tait returned to Canada setting sail on May 23, 1919 aboard the S.S. Megantic and resided at 284 Albert Street in Kingston.

284 Albert Street, Kingston

In 1920 she was appointed as Superintendent of the Spadina  Military Hospital in Toronto and in 1921 held that position at the Belleville General Hospital; here she was interested in the work of the community and was a valued member of the local committee of the Victorian Order of Nurses.

Margaret Tait died at the Grace Hospital in Toronto on Mar 14, 1932 of pneumonia aged 49 years 7 months 5 days. She is interred at the Cataraqui Cemetery Section Old L Row 155 Plot S 1/2.

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Nurses of World War I: Emily Alexander Stewart

Emily Alexander Stewart was born in Belleville on April 12, 1886 daughter of David Stewart and Hannah Lister, daughter of Dr. James Lister of Belleville. The father of our subject was a lawyer in Belleville and later in Madoc where he was well known in the mining industry and was the owner of the Feigel Gold Mine, among others.

She was educated locally, immigrated to New York City in 1909 and was a graduate from the Manhattan N.Y. Hospital Nursing School about 1912. Miss Stewart enlisted in the Canadian Army Medical Corps in London, England on May 8, 1916.

Height:  5’ 6”

Weight: 130lb

Age: 30 (stated age: 29)

Nursing Sister Stewart served at the Westcliffe Eye & Ear Hospital in Folkestone, at Shorncliffe, England and Boulogne, France. She was ill and 3 times hospitalized for diagnoses including appendicitis, influenza and bronchitis. She returned to Canada setting sail on May 13, 1919 aboard the S.S. Northland and was discharged on May 25, 1919; she received decorations for her War effort including the British War and Victory Medals. Miss Stewart followed the practice of her profession in New York and, widowed by the death of her husband Frederick Wilson, was united in marriage to Rev. Louis Albert Buckley, resided in Kitchener, Ontario, removing to her native city on the death of her husband.

Emily Alexander Buckley died in Belleville on Dec 19, 1971 aged 85 years 8 months 7 days. She is interred at the Belleville Cemetery Section L Row 5 Grave 7.

Emily Stewart’s grave marker

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Nurses of World War I: Harriet Olive Stacey

Harriet Olive Stacey was born at the farm house on Concession 6, Lot 14 near Wooler, Murray Township, Northumberland County on March 10, 1888 daughter of James Stacey and Jane McColl.

After completing high school at Trenton and Campbellford, she attended Model School at Picton, taught for 5 years at Bethel S.S. # 12 at Wooler, Ontario and Ruddel, Saskatchewan; she was a graduate of the Nursing School at Belleville in 1914. Miss Stacey enlisted in the Canadian Army Medical Corps at Belleville on Nov 20, 1914.

Harriet Olive Stacey (right), courtesy of Belleville General Hospital Archives

Height:  5’ 10”

Weight: 170lb

Age: 26

Nursing Sister Stacey embarked from Quebec on May 6, 1915 and, posted to Étaples, France served as a surgical nurse and later was night supervisor for 2 years. In 1917 she was sent to the casualty clearing station behind the front lines in Belgium; the Hospitals consisted of tents without floors, were sand-banked to keep out shrapnel and bombs and gas masks and helmets were part of the Nurse’s equipment. Diagnosed with pulmonary Tuberculosis, Miss Stacey was invalided back to Canada, setting sail on Feb 27, 1918 aboard the S.S. Ongar and was discharged on June 5, 1918. In Trenton at this time, an influenza epidemic was rampant and she was put in charge of a temporary Hospital set up in the old Library on the east side of the river. After a short time spent working in Hamilton, Montana, Hattie was in the employ of the Belleville General and in 1931 was appointed Superintendent of the Marcus Daly Memorial Hospital which was newly opened in Montana on July 1st; later that decade she returned home to care for her aged mother.

Nursing Sister Stacey passed at the Trenton Memorial Hospital and on her casket lay 3 medals, one of which was the 1914-15 Star; the wearer of this Medal had been called the Contemptibles by Kaiser Wilhelm, a word that in Military circles became a Badge of Honor. With the assistance of the Last Post Fund and the Cemetery, a Grave Marker was provided this Veteran.

Harriet Olive Stacey died on Nov 29, 1971 aged 83 years 8 months 19 days. She is interred at McPhail’s Cemetery, the N.E. ¼ of Lot 7, Line 3.

Marker for Harriet Stacey, courtesy of Campbell’s Monuments

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Nurses of World War I: Wilhelmina Smith

Wilhelmina Smith was born at the farm house near Lakehurst, Harvey Township, Peterborough County, Ontario on August 26, 1890 daughter of George Smith and Helen Hastie.

Mina Smith

She was educated locally, was a graduate of the Nursing School at Belleville in 1914, was then in the employ of the Hospital and lived at 218 Church Street; ‘Mina’ graduated from the Divisional School of Military Instruction on September 28, 1915 at Quebec City.  Miss Smith enlisted in the Canadian Army Medical Corps on January 8, 1916 at Kingston.

218 Church Street, Belleville

Height: 5’ 6”

Weight:  160lb

Age: 25

Nursing Sister Smith served at the military hospital at Le Tréport, France, was admitted to the military hospital in Étaples for treatment of Rubella and was later transferred to Ramsgate, England. During the War, Miss Smith often slept in the woods curled in her green plaid blanket; if the hospital were bombed, they would still have nursing staff. She returned to Canada setting sail on July 3, 1919 aboard the S.S. Celtic and was discharged on July 14, 1919. After the War she was an operating room Supervisor at a private Doctor’s Hospital in New York until her retirement in 1958. She passed at the Peterborough Civic Hospital.

Wilhelmina Smith died on December 28, 1967 aged 77 years 4 months 2 days. She is interred at Sandy Lake Cemetery, Harvey Township, Peterborough County Section S.

Grave marker for Wilhelmina Smith

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Nurses of World War I: Gladys Hope Sewell

Gladys Hope Sewell was born at Belleville on September 24, 1892 daughter of Reginald Sewell and Clara Henderson.

Gladys Hope Sewell

She was educated locally, was a graduate of the Nursing School at the Royal Victoria Hospital in Montreal in 1914 and graduated from the Divisional School of Military Instruction on March 29, 1915 in Quebec City. She enlisted in the Canadian Army Medical Corps on April 22, 1915 in Montreal and listed her mother’s residence as 205 Charles Street.

205 Charles Street, Belleville

Height:  5’ 8”

Weight:  128lb

Age: 22 (stated age: 23)

Nursing Sister Sewell served with the No. 3 Canadian General Hospital in Camiers, France and at the military hospital in Orpington, England where she met her future husband. Miss Sewell was united in marriage to veteran Dr. James Wells Ross O.B.E. on August 25, 1915 in St. John’s Church, World’s End, Chelsea, England and resigned her commission on September 4, 1915; she was awarded the Victory Medal (see her photos and medals through the Canadian Letters & Images Project). Dr. Ross was a graduate of the University of Toronto and served with the Canadian Expeditionary Force as a Field Officer of the Canadian Horse Artillery. Following discharge he trained in surgery at the Mayo Clinic for three years and then entered practice in Toronto.

Gladys Hope Ross died in Toronto on February 3, 1933 aged 40 years 4 months 9 days. She is interred at St. James Cemetery Section APS Lot 39 Grave C.

Ross headstone

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Nurses of World War I: Ethel Blanche Ridley

Ethel Blanche Ridley was born in Belleville on March 31, 1874 daughter of Dr. Charles Ridley and Anna Campbell.

She was educated locally, graduated from St. Hilda’s College at the University of Toronto with a B.A. in 1895 and was a graduate of the New York Training School for Nurses on May 20, 1899 but missed the ceremony as she was with the United States Army in the Philippines during the Spanish-American War; later, in China, she did missionary duty providing the sick and needy with hospital supplies and comfort and organizing work in connection with training schools.  Afterwards Miss Ridley joined the staff of the Hospital for Ruptured and Crippled in New York. She enlisted in the Canadian Army Medical Corps on September 16, 1914.

 

Ethel Blanche Ridley, courtesy of Trinity College Archives, Toronto

Height: 5’ 6”

Weight: 140lb

Age: 40 (stated age: 36)

Nursing Sister Ridley, by virtue of her long experience as Superintendent of Nurse Training Schools in the United States and her previous military service, was selected as Matron for the No. 2 Canadian General Hospital; she was stationed at Le Touquet, France and later at military hospitals in Granville, Ramsgate and Buxton England. Miss Ridley received several decorations including the 1914 Star, the Royal Red Cross 1st Class and was appointed Commander, Order of the British Empire in 1918, receiving the C.B.E. in 1919 at a ceremony in Buckingham Palace. She returned to Canada setting sail on July 28, 1919 aboard the S.S. Adriatic and was discharged on August 8, 1919; she was appointed as the Directress of Nursing at the Vancouver General Hospital in 1919 but was unable to fill this position due to ill health.  Nurse Ridley returned to New York City and rejoined the New York Orthopaedic Hospital as Director of Nurses until 1942.

Ethel Ridley’s obituary in the Intelligencer, 1949 July 21

Ethel Blanche Ridley died at the Brockville General Hospital on July 18, 1949 aged 75 years 3 months 17 days. She is interred at the Belleville Cemetery Section O Row 4 Grave 7.

Ethel Ridley’s gravestone in Belleville cemetery

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Nurses of World War I: Vera Harrison Prindle

Vera Harrison Prindle was born at the farm house near Tweed on February 16, 1891 daughter of Silas Prindle and Deborah Harrison. The father of our subject was of United Empire Loyalist stock and served as clerk for the Township of Hungerford for over two decades.

She was educated locally and was a graduate of the Nursing School at Belleville in 1916. Miss Prindle enlisted in the Canadian Army Medical Corps on May 5, 1917 at Kingston.

Vera Harrison Prindle (left) on leave in Ireland (photo courtesy of Belleville General Hospital Archives)

Height:  5’ 4”

Weight: 113lb

Age: 26

Nursing Sister Prindle served in the military hospitals in Taplow, Buxton, Westenhanger, Orpington and Granville, England; Vera was hospitalized in January 1919 with influenza. She returned to Canada setting sail on September 6, 1919 aboard the S.S. Orduna and was discharged on September 15, 1919. Miss Prindle was united in marriage on December 17, 1919 to Veteran Joseph Edward Chappell. Mrs. Chappell was engaged in private duty nursing at Thomasburg where she lived most of her life; she passed at Hastings Manor in Belleville.

Vera Harrison Chappell died on February 24, 1967 aged 76 years 8 days. She is interred at the Thomasburg Cemetery West Section Row 3 Grave 303.

Grave marker for Vera and her husband.

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Nurses of World War I: Jessie Anne Morrice

Jessie Anne Morrice was born at the home on Willard Street in Belleville on September 24, 1870 daughter of Alex Morrice and Anne Fyfe.

She was educated locally and was a graduate of the Nursing School of the Toledo Ohio General Hospital about 1905. Miss Morrice was head nurse at Fernie B.C. whence she took the position of Lady Superintendent at Melville, Saskatchewan in 1911. She enlisted in the Canadian Army Medical Corps on June 3, 1915 at Montreal and listed her address as 6 Charlotte Street, Belleville, home of her brother.

6 Charlotte Street, Belleville

Height:  5’ 8”

Weight:  145lb

Age: 44

Nursing Sister Morrice served with the No. 2 Canadian General Hospital at Le Treport, France and later at the military hospitals in Bearwood, Taplow, Shorncliffe and Brighton, England; she was hospitalized in March 1917 with influenza. Miss Morrice returned to Canada setting sail on March 19, 1919 aboard the S.S. Canada and was discharged on April 3, 1919. Jessie, a specialist in the treatment of Tuberculosis, was appointed Matron at the Tranquille, B.C. Sanatorium in 1920 and in 1923 became the Superintendent of Nurses at Chilliwack General Hospital. She retired to Vancouver and passed at the Shaughnessy Military Hospital, having attained the rank of Major.

Jessie Anne Morrice died on June 18, 1949 aged 78 years 8 months 24 days. She is interred at Capilano View Cemetery Section F Grave 15c.

Grave marker for Jessie Anne Morrice

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Nurses of World War I: Nonie Winnifred Milburn

Nonie Winnifred Milburn was born at Belleville on September 7, 1873 daughter of Edward Milburn and Isabella Benjamin. The father of our subject was a teacher and served as principal of the Belleville High School from 1894 to 1908; he was a life-long friend of Sir William Osler. She lived with her parents at 216 Charles Street and maintained that address for the duration.

House at 216 Charles Street, Belleville

She was educated locally and was probably a graduate of the Nursing School at the Dr. John Lee Private Hospital in Rochester, N.Y. about 1909; following graduation she remained in the employ of the Hospital.

Miss Milburn enlisted in the Canadian Army Medical Corps on February 19, 1917 at Kingston.

Height: 5’ 4”

Weight:  142lb

Age: 43 (stated age: 33)

Nursing Sister Milburn served in military hospitals in England including Westenhanger, Brighton, Buxton and Shorncliffe and at St. Claud, France. Here she was bothered by recurrent sciatica and was hospitalized for treatment and later treated for influenza at Kinmel Park Medical Hospital. She returned to Canada setting sail aboard the S.S. Celtic on July 3, 1919 and was discharged on July 15, 1919. Miss Milburn worked at the Belleville Hospital for some years after her return.

Nonie Winnifred Milburn died at Kingston on February 20, 1963 aged 89 years 5 months 13 days. She is interred at the Belleville Cemetery Section K Row 7 Grave 3.

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