Nursing Sister Ada Janet Ross

Nursing Sister Ada Janet Ross served during WW1 in the Canadian Army Medical Corps. 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 on August 11th, 1878 in Toronto, Ontario

Height : 5’5″     Weight : 127 lbs.           Religion : Presbyterian

She embarked for England on May 1st, 1915 and arrived in England on May 10th.

It is known from a note in the WW1 files of Florence Adelaide Lemay, nursing sister, who was in the same contingent of nursing sisters that she enlisted before leaving Canada but signed her papers on May 12 th, 1915 in London, England at Kingsley Hotel 34 Victoria Street.

Transferred to the 1st Canadian General Hospital on July 28th, 1915.

Transferred at the Ontario Military Hospital in Orpington (16th Canadian General Hospital) on July 11th, 1917

Entered Canadian Red Cross Hospital on January 9th, 1918

Entered at the Canadian Red Cross Special Hospital in Buxton on June 3rd, 1918

Died on July 12th, 1918 from a peritonitis, tuberculosis and bronchitis at the age of 39.

Her medals (1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal), Memorial Plaque and Scroll and Memorial Cross were sent to her mother Mrs Joseph Ross 782 25th ave. Edmonton

The testament she did before leaving overseas is in the service file of Nursing Sister Alice Knight Ross at the Library and Archives Canada, probably a clerical mistake. The testament is signed Ada J. Ross and she left everything to her father Joseph Ross. This testament was sent on April 1922 by the “Department of Soldier’s Civil re-establishment” to the “Director of Records”. Attached to the testament there is another piece of paper with the name Alice Knight Ross on it, that’s probably why the paper was misplaced. I do not know if since then Library and Archives Canada put back into her service file.

From the Manitoba Free Press, August 8, 1918, page 7 : “Nursing Sister Ada Janet Ross, of the C.A.M.C., who died at the Canadian Nurses’ Convalescent Hospital at Northwood, Buxton, Derbyshire, England, on July 12, was a graduate of the Winnipeg General Hospital. The deceased went to France almost with the first Canadian nurses, namely, in May 1915, and remained there for two years, when she was put on hospital ship duty between Canada and the Old Country. For some months prior to her death she had been doing work at Buxton.

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

Nursing sister Ada Janet Ross gravestone

Nursing sister Ada Ross funeral

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