Matron Yvonne Beaudry (Baudry) A.R.R.C. – UPDATED

Matron Yvonne Baudry (Beaudry) served as a Matron in the Canadian Army Medical Corps during World War One. She is entitled to the Royal Red Cross 2nd class, the British War Medal, the Victory Medal and the Médailles des épidémies or (France)

In her military file, on all the documents, her name is spelled Baudry but there was an error done probably when she enlisted, her real name is Beaudry.

She was born in October 16th, 1875 in Beauharnois, Quebec

Trade: nurse Religion: Roman Catholic Status: Single

Height: 5′ 3″         Weight : 148 lbs.

Brother : Chambord Baudry      Address : 158 Cameron, Ottawa

1901 : Graduated from the Nursing School of the St-Luke Hospital in Ottawa, Ontario

From 1901 to 1907 : She served at the Stratchona Hospital (Ottawa Hospital), Hospital in the Scarlet Fever unit

from 1909 to 1914: She was the Head Nurse at the Grosse-Ile quarantine station, Quebec. The Grosse-Ile island was the quarantine station for all the immigrants travelling to Québec City which was a major port of entry to Canada at the time

She had to manage a team of 12 nurses and on average, 900 immigrants were hospitalized at Grosse-Ile every year

Picture of Head Nurse, Yvonne Baudry (On the left) taken at Grosse-Ile


Picture of the nurses’ residence at the Grosse-Ile quarantine station. The house was built in 1912

Grosse-Ile Maison infirmière 1912

Pictures of the Grosse-Ile cross that were taken 103 years apart

1910 (year of erection)


Cross 2013

November 8th, 1915 : She enlisted in the 6 th Canadian General Hospital in Montreal, Quebec

January 15th, 1916 : She left Canada with a group of 25 Nursing Sisters. She was taken on strength with the Canadian Army medical Corps on January 25th.

February 22nd : She was posted at the Westcliff Canadian Eyes and Ears Hospital, Folkestone

She was on leave from July 15th to July 28th

August 1st : She proceeded overseas with the 8th Canadian General Hospital. Transferred to the 6th Canadian General Hospital on August 4th. She joined the hospital in Joinville-le-Pont, France.

According to the biography of Margaret McDonald, the Matron-in-Chief of the Canadian Army Medical Corps, Matron Beaudry was sent to the 8th Canadian General Hospital to coach the matron who was experiencing some managing problems with the hospital. The Matron of the 8th Canadian General Hospital had not solved some problems raised by the Matron MacDonald during her spring inspection of the hospital, Matron Beaudry was sent to the rescue.

January 18th, 1917 : The hospital moved to Troyes.

June 21st : The hospital move back to Joinville-le-Pont

July 3rd : She was granted 14 days leave. Returned to the unit August 17th.

October 19th: She went to Joinville-le-Pont to rent some apartments for the Nursing Sisters

May 13th, 1918 : She proceeded to Rouen to see the new Nursing Sisters quarters. She was back with the unit on May 16th.

June 6th : She arrived from Troyes

June 29th : She and 4 Nursing Sisters proceeded to Rouen in honour of Dominion Day. In her file this leave is mark as a “3 days special leave

September 3rd : She was granted 14 days leave.

March 18th 1919 : She was granted 14 days leave.

to May 10th : The 6th Canadian General Hospital was disbanded

May 29th : She was transferred to the 14th Canadian General Hospital

July 3rd : She embarked on the Empress of Britain in Liverpool, United Kingdom. Arrived in Quebec City, Quebec on July 10th.

July 15th : She was discharged on that date and her proposed address was 158 Cameron Street, Ottawa

December 12th : She was awarded the Royal Red Cross 2nd class

July 9th, 1926 : She was awarded the French Médailles des épidémies or.

After discharge she served with the Dominion Bureau of Statistics from which she retired in 1939

1947 : She died after a long illness.

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

Picture of Matron Yvonne Beaudry in her WW1 Matron uniform

The site of Grosse-île is now an historic site managed by Park Canada. Tourist can visit the park and guided tour are offered with guided and actors playing role of real person who were on the island. This picture below is one of actors who are playing the role of these real people, the actress of the left plays the role of head nurse Yvonne Beaudry.

Actors playing real nurse Yvonne Beaudry and 'Pit' Masson the ambulance guy - Picture of Berthier-sur-Mer, Quebec
This photo of Grosse-Ile is courtesy of TripAdvisor

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  • gpcox  On 2013/08/27 at 10:40

    My latest guest post for Judy over at Greatest Generation Lessons is about women in WWII. I hope I have permission to add a link to your web site within that article.

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