Nursing Sister Rebecca Helen McEachen 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 British War Medal and the Victory Medal.
Born on May 7th 1889 in Drummond Township, Lanark County, Ontario
Enlisted on June 22nd, 1918 in Carleton Place, Ontario.
October 17th she had an infection to her ear. Notes from her medical report : “Nursing Sister developed middle ear disease while on duty at Ontario Military Hospital, Cobourg and was transferred for treatment to Hotel Dieu hospital on October 7th, 1918.”
On recovery she was transferred to duty at Queen Military Hospital October 17th, 1918.
November 10th : Extract from her medical report “symptoms of recurrence of the middle ear trouble developed and she was admitted to general Hospital November 11th,. On the 13th symptoms of meningitis developed and on lumber puncture streptococcus demonstrated. She gradually sank and died evening of November 16th, 1918.”
Died on November 16th, 1918 at the Ontario Military Hospital in Cobourg at the age of 32.
Her British War Medal, Victory Medal, Memorial Plaque and Scroll and Memorial Cross were sent to her mother Elizabeth MacEachen, Carleton Place. Her father was John McEachen who married Elizabeth Betsey Cunningham on the 7th January 1864 at St. John the Baptist Roman Catholic Church in Perth, Ontario
Buried in Saint-Mary Cemetery in Carleton Place, Ontario.
Inscription on her gravestone 16 nov 1918 – Daughter of the late John and Elizabeth McEachen
At the foot of her gravestone there is another stone in the ground with the inscription «Elizabeth
Cunningham – Wife of John McEachen – Alick McEachen veteran – Sarah McEachen Died in 1924
Picture of her gravestone in St-Mary cemetery, Carleton Place, Ontario