Nursing Sister Mary Catherine English A.R.R.C.

Mary Catherine English served with the Canadian Army Medical Corps during WW1. She is entitled to the Royal Red Cross 2nd class, the 1914-15 Star, the British War Medal and the Victory Medal.

Born on May 11th, 1877 in Keady, Armach County, Ireland
Trade : nurse                                Religion : Roman Catholic
Status : Single                               Height : 5′ 3″
Eyes : grey                                     Hair : Medium brown
Weight : 140 lbs.
Name of her brother : Frank English  Address : Keady, Armach County, Ireland

September 28th, 1912: She left Glasgow, Scotland on the Grampian for Montréal, Canada.

February 5th, 1915 : To be a nursing sister (G.O. 26)

May 1st : Sailed from Canada on (MO 267).

May 12th : She signed her enlistment paper in London, England (Kingslay Hotel 34 Victoria Street) but she enlisted in Montreal on May 1st. She gave the Bank of Montreal on Peel’s street as the place for the deposit of her pay check May 12th : Posted to the 2nd Canadian Stationary Hospital (Le Touquet). July 27th transferred to England.

August 1st: Transferred to the 3rd Canadian Stationary Hospital in South Hampton, England Sailed to Malta then Alexandria en route to the Aegean sea. August 16th : Reached the port of Mudros on the Greek island of Lemnos. August 22nd : The 3rd Canadian Stationary Hospital became operational on the island and they received their first patient the next day at 10:00 pm

The hospital was part of a relief effort sent to help overcrowded Anzac medical services who could not take the large influx of wounded soldiers from the Gallipoli campaign which was getting worst. The Canadian Hospital was hastily sent to the island and they were not prepared to served under these conditions. Many of its members felt hill to disentry, some even died on the island.

December 4th: She suffered from jaundice and was evacuated from Mudros the ship SS Mauritania.

December 14th: Hospitalised at the Queen Alexandria Nurse Hostel

December 29th to February 1st, 1916: Hospitalised at the Granville Special Hospital in Ramsgate
February 2nd : Declared fit for service and posted at the Granville Special Hospital

February 23rd, 1917: Awarded the Royal Red Cross 2nd class (A.R.R.C.) decoration and received it from the hands of the King George V himself (London Gazette 29959 February 23rd, 1917). There is a note in the log book of the Granville Special Hospital in Ramsgate to the effect that Mary Catherine English received the Royal Red Cross with Christine Elizabeth Cameron, Rebecca Hervey, Minnie McAffee, Cordelia M. Motherwell et Jean Horton Roberston.

April 12th : Transferred to the 16th Canadian General Hospital from Granville Canadian Special Hospital

September 16th : Transferred to the 3rd  Canadian General Hospital (in Jesuit’s College in Boulogne, France)

March 3rd, 1918 : 14 days permission (returned to unit March 16th)

July 8th, 1918 : Transferred from the 2nd Canadian General Hospital to the 8th Canadian General Hospital There was a mistake made in the logbook of the unit since she was suppose to be transferred to the 8th C.S.H. Comment in the war diary made by matron Georgiana Pope : “Exceedingly sorry to loose one of our best nurse and most intelligent”

July 10th : Taken on strength with the 8th Canadian General Hospital in St-Cloud, France

July 29 : Taken on strength on reposting from the 3rd Canadian General Hospital

September 9th : 14 days permission to Ireland. Rejoined unit from permission on September 24

December 11th : Reposted to 5th District Canadian Forestry Corps for duty

January 12th, 1919: Reposted to the Canadian Forestry detention hospital in La Joux (Jura). This was a small hospital of 150 beds.

February 21st : Transferred to the 2nd Canadian Stationary Hospital (Outreau).

March 25th : Transferred to the 11th Canadian General Hospital (Moore Barracks, Shorncliffe).

May 26th to 28th : Transferred the 15th Canadian General Hospital (Taplow).

May 26th : Transferred to the 11th Canadian General Hospital (Moore Barracks, Shorncliffe) until June 1st.

June 14th: Sailed from South Hampton, England on board the S.S. Aquitania
June 20th: Arrived in Halifax. She was on the same ship as George Duncan Campbell.

July 1st 1919 : Demobilised

September 7th, 1925 : Died of Carcinom of rectum in Dublin, Ireland

Send to Canadian Records November 30th, 1925.

If you know more information on this lady, leave me a comment so I can add the information to her small biography

Mary Catherine English 1916 (on the left)

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Certificate for her War Service Badge (obverse and reverse)

Army paper (Farm Records) showing cause of death

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