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Nursing Sister Ernestine Champagne

Nursing Sister Ernestine Champagne served with 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.

Born on January 27th, 1880 in Canada
Height : 5′ 2″         Weight : 90 lbs.   Religion : Roman Catholic

1901 and 1911 Canadian census : Listed as living in St-Eustache, Quebec

Enlisted in Montreal on March 23rd, 1915.
Taken on strength at 4th Canadian Stationary Hospital on July 28th, 1915.
First diagnosis of her illness November 6th, 1916. «She reported sick on October 25th, 1916 after a long period of poor health. Digestion.»
Extract from the medical report April 5th, 1918
«Signs of active tuberculosis on both lungs» Date of origin March 15th, 1917
Sent back to Canada on H.S. Letitia on May 11th, 1917
Demobilised on July 31st, 1918. Address after retirement 1978 Park Avenue, Montreal,
Awarded Medaille des Epidemies on January 16th, 1920 (1919). (London Gazette 31736)

Died on March 24th, 1919 at the age of 39.
WW1 trio, Plaque and Scroll were sent to her brother Adelard Champagne
Memorial Cross Her mother died subsequently
Father : Honourable judge Charles L. Champagne 1838-1907      Mother : Aglée Ethier 1844-1919
Sister : Ada Champagne 1863-1942       Brother : Evariste Champagne 1868-1955
Brother : Adelard Champagne 1867-1952     Brother : Arthur Champagne 1870- 1952
Brother : Eugene Champagne 1885 – 1959
Inscription on her tombstone «Infirmiere – Ernestine Champagne – Service de sante F E C – 24 mars 1919 – Decore par la France pour ses actions meritoires_
Note : According to her military file she received the Medailles des Epidemies in 1920 and died on March 20th 1920, but the inscription on her gravestone read that she died March, 24th 1919 and the decoration is mentioned, so she probably received the Medaille des Epidemies in 1919.
Buried in the cemetery on Saint-Alexandre street in Saint-Eustache, Quebec In the cemetery there is two gravestones with her name on it, one military style flattened on the ground with only her name and another, most surely on the family lot, with her brother, sister, father and mother on the gravestone. They are 60 feet apart.

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Nursing Sister Mabel Clint A.R.R.C.

Nursing Sister Mabel Clint served in the Canadian Army Medical Corps during WW1. She is entitled to the Royal Red Cross 2nd class, the 1914-15 Star, the British War Medal and the Victory Medal.

She was born in Québec on June 21st, 1876

In 1910  She was appointed the Executive Secretary of the Association of Registered Nurses for Quebec.

Before enlisting she worked at the Royal Victoria Hospital in Montreal

She enlisted in Quebec on September 25th, 1914

Height : 5′ 4″
Mother : Caroline Clint       Address : 89 Esplanade Street, Quebec City, Quebec

She sailed from Canada September 29th.

Sent to the 1st Canadian General Hospital in Boulogne on May 13th, 1915

Sent back to England on August 3rd

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 who could not take the large influx of wounded soldiers from the Gallipoli campaign which was getting worst. The Canadian Hospital was hastily sent to the island and they not prepared to served under these conditions. Many of its members felt hill to disentry, some even died on the island.

He was there at the same time as Nursing Sister Mary Catherine English, John William Small, and Nursing Sister Mary Frances Elizabeth Munro

Hospitalised for dysentary on September

February 5th 1916 : The 3rd Canadian Stationary Hospital left the Island of Mudros and arrived in Alexandria, Egypt on February 8th.

Hospitalised at the Anglo-American Hospital in Cairo on February 2nd,  1916

On February 26th : she was dangerously hill

Sent back to Canada for a permission from June 6th to August 6th

She was declared medically unfit on November 8th

She received the Royal Red Cross 2nd class on February 23rd, 1917 (London Gazette 29959)

She was transferred to the 3rd Canadian general Hospital on December 3rd, 1918

Permission from March 27th to April 18th, 1919

She was transferred to the 11th Canadian General Hospital on March 6th

She sailed to Canada on May 23rd, 1919 on the ship SS Megantic

1928 : She wrote a letter to the Prime minister of Quebec asking him not to give more power the Quebec doctor’s association

1934 : She wrote the book Our bites Memories of war service by a Canadian Nursing Sister

She died March 17th, 1939

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Captain Harold Gordon Craig

Captain Harold Gordon Craig served in the Canadian Army Corps during WW1. He is entitled to the British War Medal and the Victory Medal.

He was born on March 25th 1880 in Bristol, Québec

1881 Canadian census taken in Bristol, Québec
Grand-mother : Louisa Workman born in 1816 (widow)
Grand-mother : Janet Craig born in 1814
16 person were living with him at the same address

1901 Canadian census taken in Casselman, Ontario
He was a student, living with his mother, his grandmother Louisa and his sister Louisa (born in 1882)

April 22nd 1902 : He enlisted in Ottawa in the 6th Canadian Mounted Rifles and was given # 77.  When they arrived in South Africa the war over. At time of enlistment, he was a student and had previous service with the Governor’s General Foot Guard. His father was living in Aylmer, Québec

1902 – 1906 : He studied at the Medicine School of Queen’s University, he graduated in 1906

1907 He was house surgeon in the Ottawa General Hospital

Fall of 1907 : He moved to Regina, Saskatchewan and then moved to Davidson in spring 1908

1909 : He married to Mabel Frances Keeler

Trade : surgeon    Hair : Brown           Religion : Presbyterian
Height : 5′ 11″       Weight : 159 lbs.     Eyes : Brown

Mother : Mary born in November 1858 in Ontario
Father : David James born in Québec in 1856 (farmer)

He enlisted on March 27th, 1916 in Saskatchewan, Canada

1916: North West Territories census : Listed as living in Davidson, Saskatchewan

May 13th : The unit entrained in Saskatoon and arrived in Halifax on May 19th. Embarked on HMT Adriatic and arrived in Liverpool, England on May 30th. Unit disembarked the next day

August 13th : Transferred to the Medical board in Epsom

October 21st : Attached to A.D.M.S. in London

February 3rd, 1917 : He was transferred to the 8th Canadian Stationary Hospital

April 7th : Posted to CAMC Depot and hospitalized at the 8 Canadian Stationnary Hospital until May 5th.

October 9th : He transferred to Canadian Special Hospital in Witley

November 16th : He transferred to the 8th Canadian Stationary Hospital

December 5th : He proceeded in France with his unit

April 9th, 1918 : He proceeded on command with the 35th Division for temporary duty. Returned to unit on April 27th

May 23rd : He was appointed member for board for an inquiry in Tantonville on the epidemic of influenza

July 1st : Proceeded to 216th squadron Royal Air Forces, Ochey for temporary duty

August 3rd : He returned for 41st squadron with 124 wounded

August 5th : He proceeded on command with the 149th Chinese Labor Company. He rejoined his unit on August 12th

August 31st : On command with the 216th Squadron. Rejoined unit on September 15th

October 6th : Granted 14 days leave

November 3rd : Proceeded with the 9th C.F.A.. returned to unit on December 6th.

January 9th, 1919 : He was transferred to Canada

January 23rd : He was transferred to Medical Headquarters in Ottawa

April 1st : He was demobilised

April 2nd : Hospitalized in St Chads Hospital in Regina

August 5th,1924 : He married Alice Young Trick (as his second wife) in Bloor Street Presbyterian Church, Toronto

September 14th, 1925 : Medals despatched

December 4th, 1940: He died of influenza in Vancouver, British-Columbia. He is buried at Forest Lawn Cemetery in Burnaby.

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1906 graduation picture of Captain Harold Gordon Craig


Captain John George Duncan Campbell V.D.

Captain John George Duncan Campbell served with the Canadian Army Medical Corps during WW1 and WW2. He is entitled to the British War Medal, the Victory Medal, the King George VI Coronation Medal, Colonial Auxiliary Forces Officer’s Decoration, Canadian Volunteer Service Medal (no clasp) and the War Medal 1939-1945

1901 Census of Canada in Halifax Ward No. 5, Halifax, Nova Scotia
Father : George born June 8 1861                   Mother : Jean born January 30 1867
Brother : Donald W. M born October 8 1896

Born on March 13th, 1894  in Halifax, Nova Scotia
Trade : doctor       Religion : Presbyterian            Status : Married

Height : 5′ 11″         Weight : 160 lbs.         Eyes : blue       Hair : hazel

Name of his father : Dr. George M. Campbell

Address : 407 Rue Brunswick, Halifax, Nova Scotia
Name of his wife : Dorothie M Campbell

November 2nd, 1914 : Enlisted ad a provisionary lieutenant while studying at Dalhousie university in medicine. He did his internship at Victoria general in Halifax. His specialties were podiatric and obstetric. Enlisted in the CEF in Halifax on January 21st, 1917.

December 23rd 1916 : Graduated from Dalhousie university

February 2nd, 1917 : Promoted to the rank of lieutenant in the Canadian Army Medical Corps.

March 28th  : Sailed from Halifax on SS Lapland on , arrived in Liverpool on April 7th.

April 13th : Sent to France with the 42nd British Field Hospital.

June 8th : Transferred from the D.A.D.M.S. Staff Shoreham to the 13th Reserve battalion as medical officer.

September 6th : Transferred to the C.A.M.C. depot and then with the 13th Reserve battalion.

December 10th : Transferred to the Convalescent Hospital in Epsom.

December 22nd : Promoted to captain.

March 27th, 1918  : Struck of strength from the Convalescent Hospital to be sent to the A.D.M.S. Shorncliffe

April 13th : Proceeded overseas from A.D.M.S. Shorncliffe and arrived in France with the 2nd Canadian Stationary Hospital.

July 21st : Transferred to the CAMC on July 20th. Posted with the 1st Canadian Field Ambulance.

September 7th : Transferred to the 4th battalion

September 23rd : Rejoined the 1st Canadian Field Ambulance

November 17th : Transferred to the 4th battalion

March 22nd : Transferred to England (medical officer at Croydon airport)

April 11th, 1919 : Transferred to the 12th Canadian General Hospital in Bramshott

Transferred at the 12th Canadian General Hospital on May 27th.

Sailed from South Hampton, England on June 14th on board the S.S. Aquitania (sailing list 85), arrived in Halifax on June 20th. He was on the same ship as Mary Catherine English.

December 29th : Demobilised as the Medical Officer of the 4th Battalion

February 2nd, 1920 : Transferred to the Reserve Forces

July 1st, 1921 : Posted at the 7th Stationary hospital. According to the web site of the 33rd Medical cie in Halifax, the 7th Stationary Hospital was redesignated 22nd Field Ambulance in 1920

1922 and 1923 : Listed in the Halifax directory as living at 575 Robie
1923 : Contracted polio both legs were affected but his left leg partially recovered and remained weak.
1923 : appointed medical consultant for military district #6 and held that position until 1940

October 3rd, 1927. Promoted to major and transferred to the 22nd Field Ambulance

September 22nd, 1932 : Promoted to Lieutenant-Colonel

March 28th , 1933 : Recommended for the Colonial auxiliary forces officer’s decoration (G.O 65)

June 1st, 1935 : Promoted commanding officer of the 22nd Field Ambulance

1937 : received the Coronation medal (lieutenant colonel with the 22nd Field Ambulance)

June 1st, 1939 : Appointed Deputy district Medical Officer for the Military district no 6

August 27th : Taken on strength with the regular Forces
January 19th, 1940 : Transferred to the Regular army and promoted to Lieutenant-Colonel
July 18th : Promoted to colonel and posted as the commanding officer of the General Hospital in Debert

August 1st, 1941 : Posted as the commanding officer of the General Hospital in Borden

May 1st, 1943 : Posted as the commanding officer of the General Hospital in Debert

April 30th, 1946 : Attached to the 6th depot in Halifax
May 15th : Posted as the commanding officer of the General Hospital in Halifax
Retired on October 4th, 1946  Last known address : 75 Edward Street, Halifax

from the Halifax directory
1949 : Listed as pension medical examiner Department Veteran’s affair, address 18 Summer
1950 : His son (Post Office clerk) is in the Halifax directory for first time, address 18 Summer,
1956, 1957 and 1958 : listed as physician living with Dorothie at 18 Summer, Halifax, last time his
name is in the Halifax directory (1958)
1960 : Only his son is listed at 18 Summer

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1937 Coronation medal card


Graduation picture from Dalhousie University (Captain Campbell is top row – first to the left)


Nursing Sister Hilda Corelli R.R.C.

Nursing Sister Hilda Corelli served with the Canadian Army Medical Corps during WW1. She is entitled to the Royal Red Cross 1st class, the British War Medal and the Victory medal. She was also Brought to the Notice of the Secretary of State of War.
Born on May 30th 1882 in Birkenhead, England
Trade: nurse                        Religion: Church of England
Status: Single                       Height: 5′ 6″
Eyes: Brown                         Hair: Brown      Weight: 126 lbs.
Name of her father: Armand Henry Corelli (lieutenant-colonel in the CEF)

Address: 892 Grosvenor ave., Winnipeg

1901 Canadian census taken in ward 12 in Winnipeg listed as a lodger and a student but born in 1881

Father Armand Henry born in 1856                    Mother Eleanor Frances born in 1860
Sister Eleanor born in 1884                                   Brother Dudley born in 1892
Sister Brenda born in 1890
1909 : Graduated from the Winnipeg Children s Hospital 1910 January : She resigned her position in the Winnipeg Children s Hospital, and accompanied a patient to the coast.
February 1914 : From the The Canadian Nurse journal : « Miss Hilda Corelli, staff nurse, Winnipeg General Hospital, left in February for the Pacific Coast, where she will spend a month vacation
November 15th, 1915 : Enlisted in London, England. Her father was serving with the C.A.S.C. as a lieutenant-colonel.
November 30th : Posted with the Duchess of Connaught hospital (15th C.G.H.) in Boulogne. Arrived at the hospital on December 1st.
April 17th, 1916 : Struck of strength of the Duchess of Connaught hospital
April 18th : Landed in France with the 3rd Canadian General Hospital. Transferred to the 3rd Canadian Casualty Clearing Station on May 4th. She arrived with the unit on May 6th at 11:00 am
December 9th : On leave until December 24th
January 15th, 1917 : Posted with the Ontario military Hospital in Orpington
July 3rd, 1918 : Received her Royal Red Cross (1st class) at Buckingham Palace from the King himself (London Gazette 30756 June 18th, 1918 )
July 15th : On leave until August 1st
August 16th : Struck of strength from the Ontario Hospital (16th C.S.H.) in Orpington. Taken on strength at the Canadian Special Hospital in Lenham
January 4th, 1919 : Posted on the Hospital ship Araguaya
July 28th : Sent back to Canada by a medical board due to the partial earring loss
August 19th : Demobilised
February 10th, 1920 :  Brought to the Notice of the Secretary of State of War

1921, October : Arrived in Quebec City on SS Megantic.

1925 May : Sailed from Montreal on SS Marbrun. Arrived in South Hampton on June 8th. Proposed address in UK no 1 Marine Villas, Swanage

1930 May 9th : Sailed from South Hampton, UK on SS Aurania. Arrived in Quebec City on May 30th

1932, October 14th : Sailed from Liverpool, UK on the SS Duchess of Bedford. Arrived in Quebec City on October 26th.

1934, July : Sailed from Liverpool, UK on SS Laurentic. Arrived in Montreal on July 26th.

September 19th : Sailed from South Hampton on the SS Alaunia. Arrived in Quebec City on October 8th.

1936 July : Sailed from Quebec City on SS Empress of Britain. Arrived in South Hampton on August 6th.

1950, May 28th : Sailed from Liverpool on the SS Empress of Scotland. Arrived in Quebec City. Her address by then is 49 Kings Stone avenue, Steyning, Sussex

1951, May : Sailed from Montreal on SS Laurentia. Arrived in Glasgow, Scotland

1963 : Died in United Kingdom on that year.

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Nursing sister Hilda Corelli (left) and nursing sister Jean Stronach (right)

Photo taken at their investiture for the Royal Red Cross


Picture source Library and National Archives of Canada