Nursing Sister Katherine Maud MacDonald

Nursing Sister Katherine Maud McDonald served in the Canadian Army Corps during WW1. She is entitled to the British War Medal and the Victory Medal. She is one of the few women who died while serving her country at war in the Canadian army.

Born on January 18th, 1893 in Brandford, Ontario

Height : 5’ 2″         Weight : 125 lbs.

Religion : Church of England

Enlisted on March 20th, 1917 in London, Ontario. Embarked for England on April 6th, 1917.

Posted at the 14th Canadian General Hospital in Eastbourne on October 17th, 1917.

Posted at the 10th Canadian Stationary Hospital on November 29th, 1917.

Arrived in France on January 28th, 1918.

Posted at the 10th Canadian Stationary Hospital on January 28th, 1918.

Posted at the 1st Canadian General Hospital on March 8th, 1918.

Killed in the air attack of the 1st Canadian General Hospital on May 19th, 1918 at the age of 25.

From the 1 st Canadian General Hospital War diary – May 19th

click on the images to enlarge

Medals (British War medal, Victory medal), Memorial Plaque and Scroll and the Memorial Cross were sent to her mother Maud Mary Macdonald, 165 Market Street, Brantford

Picture of Katherine Maud McDonald

Katherine Maud MacDonald Circumstances of Death Registers

Picture of Katherine Maud MacDonald gravestone

If you know more information on this lady, please leave me message so I can add it to her small biography.

Pictures sources – Library and Archives Canada – Veterans Affair Canada

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  • Debbie Marshall  On 2011/04/07 at 15:55

    Hi. I wondered if you would mind if I posted your photo of Sr. MacDonald. She is one of the nurses I have written about in my own blog Thanks so much–you have a super site! Best, Debbie

  • b. palmer  On 2011/05/22 at 19:16

    Could this be the Canadian nurse to whom Vera Brittain refers in her account of her experiences in WWI as a VAD, ‘Testament of Youth’?

    In the passage which records her travels to Germany in the aftermath of the war, Ms. Brittain mentions travelling by train in an area which contained the gravesite of a young Canadian nurse killed in action.

    I’ve always been curious about that lonely reference to that lonely grave.

  • Medic  On 2011/05/23 at 15:17

    Since many Canadian nurses died in Europe during WW1, it would be difficult to link the two together. You would need to know precisely where Mrs. Brittain was when she made that statement and then look on the CWGC database to see which cemeteries where close to that location and then look who is buried there …. I do not think it is going to be an easy task

  • Peter Butterworth, UK  On 2014/10/20 at 04:08

    I have an original letter written by NS Macdonald. If you are interested I can send you a copy
    Peter Butterworth

  • Nelson  On 2014/10/20 at 20:21

    Peter I would love to get a scan of the letter, my email address is

  • thump  On 2016/06/01 at 08:10

    hi i am doing a assignment on her r u able to tell me about her child hood or where she went to hight school

  • Chris Best  On 2018/05/13 at 09:58

    Thank you for this post. As an RAMC man I spent 2 years as the British Exchange Officer at the Canadian Forces Medical Services School, Base Borden, Ontario in the mid-80s. I now lead battlefield tours, principally for serving and veteran military personnel and for families whose forebears fought in the two great wars of the Twentieth Century. This is the first time I’ve read anything official about the bombing of 1st Canadian General Hospital at Etaples on 19 May 1918 and of Nursing Sister Katherine Maud MacDonald in particular. Unless you object, I shall adopt her photograph for a few days as my FB image in remembrance of her.

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