Nursing Sister Mary Frances Elizabeth Munro

Nursing Sister Mary Frances Elizabeth Munro served in the Canadian Army Medical Corps during WW1. She is one of the few women who died while serving her country at war in the Canadian army. She is entitled to the 1914-15 Star, the British War medal and the Victory medal.

Born in 1866 in Wardsville, Middlesex County, Ontario
Trade: nurse                                   Religion: Church of England
Status: single                                  Height: 5′ 3″
Eyes: brown                                    Hair: greying

Sailed from Canada on May 1st (MO 267) 1915. She was part of the reinforcing draft. There is no note to that effect in her file but she was part of  the same contingent as Mary Catherine English and Florence Adelaïde Leamy who sailed on that date according to their file.

May 12th: She signed her enlistment paper in London, England (Kingslay Hotel 34 Victoria Street) but she enlisted in Canada at an earlier date. She was serving with the Active Militia

She had breast cancer before enlisting, her right breast had been remove.

May 21st : Posted to the 12th British General Hospital.

July 29th : Transfer to the 3rd Canadian Stationary Hospital

August 1st : Sailed to Malta then to 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 at 10:00 am.

The hospital was part of a relief effort sent to help overcrowded Anzac medical services which could not take the large influx of wounded soldiers from the Gallipoli campaign. The Canadian Hospital was hastily sent to the island and they were not prepared to served under these conditions. It needed two nurses to change a patient wound dressing, one to change the dressing and one to fan out the flies of the wound (no joke here). Excessive heat and poor sanitary conditions were the contributing factors at spreading disease. Many of its members felt hill to disentry, some even died on the island.

September 5th : Admitted to hospital

September 6th : Reported seriously hill

September 7th : Died from dysentery at the 3rd Canadian Stationary Hospital in Mudros at the age of 49. Buried cemetery near Greek Church in the village of Portianos west Mudros V. D. 177.


March 29th, 1923 : Her Medals (1914-15 Star, British War medal, Victory medal), were sent to her executor Mrs Chas Bradfield at  no 2 Niagara on the Lake
Her Memorial Plaque and Scroll were sent to her sister Marcella Bradfield (wife of Chas Bradfield)
No Memorial Cross was issued since her mother was already deceased

If you know additional information on this gentleman, please leave me a comment so I can add the information to his small biography

Nursing sister Munro Casualty Card

Picture of Mary Frances Munro (from Veterans affair Canada website)

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