Category Archives: surname L

Nursing Sister Margaret Lowe

Nursing Sister Margaret Lowe served as a Nursing Sister in the Canadian Army Medical Corps during World War One. She was entitled to the British War Medal and the Victory Medal.

She was born on January 26th, 1888, in Moyayshire, Scotland.

Height : 5′ 6″     Weight:140 lbs.          Religion : Presbyterian

She trained as a nurse at the Winnipeg Civic Hospital.

She enlisted on May 24th, 1917 in Winnipeg, Canada.

She sailed from Halifax on May 29 and arrived in Liverpool June 8. She was posted at the Ontario Military Hospital in Orpington in United Kingdom.

She was posted at the 10th Canadian General Hospital on October 5th.

She was transferred to the 1st Canadian General Hospital on November 29th.

She was transferred to the 4th Canadian General Hospital on December 5th.

She arrived in France on January 26th, 1918 and posted with the 10th Canadian Stationary Hospital.

She was transferred to the 1st Canadian General Hospital on March 8th.

She was wounded in the air attack by the Germans of the 1st Canadian General Hospital on May 19th, 1918. She had a fractured skull and chest penetration.

She died on May 28th, 1918 from her wounds at the 24th British General Hospital, Etaples. She is buried at the Etaples Military Cemetery in France.

Her British War Medal, Victory Medal, Memorial Plaque and Scroll were sent to her father Thomas Lowe in Binscarth, Manitoba

No Memorial Cross was issued, her mother had preceeded her.

The complete scan of her military file can be found on the website of Library and Archives Canada

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Picture of Nursing Sister Margaret Lowe’s funeral

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Lowe's grave 3 Lowe's grave 2 Lowe's grave 1

Picture of her gravestone in Etaples Military Cemetery

Lowe's grave

(source Veterans Affairs Canada)

A memorial bears her name in Binscarth, Manitoba

The memorial in 1919

Lowe's Memorial 1

The memorial in 2012

Lowe's Memorial 2

Nursing Sister Margaret Lowe’s name is the first from the top

Lowe's Memorial

Warrant Officer John Lyons C.D.

Warrant Officer John Lyons served in the Canadian Military Staff Clerk during WW2, in the first official United Nations mission in Egypt and post-WW2 in Canada. He is entitled to the Canadian Volunteer Service Medal (without clasp), the War Medal 1939-45, United Nations Emergency Force Medal (Egypt), the Canadian Peacekeeping Service Medal, the Efficiency Medal and the Canadian Decoration with clasp. His enlistment number is C-96293

He also worked for the Canadian Government as a civil servant and he is entitled to the Canadian Government Long and Efficiency Service Medallion.

Born in Ontario, Canada on February 21, 1921

Hair : brown       Religion : Presbyterian       Trade : Civil servant

Height : 5′ 11″     Weight : 165                          Eyes : blue

Prior to his enlistment he had a background in commercial school having completed his grade XI commercial course. He was working for the National Defence for 2 years before enlistment as a civil servant. He also served in the Governor’s General Foot Guards from October 1937 until June 16 1940.

June 17, 1940 : He enlisted in the Active Force

June 21, 1941 : He was promoted to the rank of acting-corporal without  pay

May 1, 1942 : He was promoted to the rank of Corporal

May 18 : He was transferred to Kingston to the Fingerprinting and Photographing Section

August 8 : He was promoted to the rank of Acting Sergeant

October 1 : He was transferred to St-John, New-Brunswick

October 30 : He was transferred to Vancouver, British-Columbia

January 19, 1943 : He was transferred to Petawawa, Ontario

March 1 : Promoted to the rank of Sergeant

July 10 : He was transferred to Montreal, Quebec

December 7 : He was transferred back to Ottawa

December 16 : He was awarded the Canadian Volunteer Service Medal ribbon

December 10 : He was transferred to Debert, Nova Scotia

April 29, 1944 : He was transferred to Ottawa

June 15, 1945 : Married Corporal Marjorie Ella Prentice (W-21581)

August 18 : He received his Efficiency Medal (G.O. 223)

December 12 : He was accepted for the Interim Force

July 1, 1946 : He received his War Service Badge “General Service class” no 1466607

September 2 : He received his War Medal 1939-45

August 27, 1947 : He was demobilized from the Active Force and re-engaged on the same day in the Permanent Forces with the rank of Private. He was living at 226 Lyon street in Carleton, Ontario

July 12, 1951 : He was promoted to the rank of Sergeant

1953 : His wife Marjorie left him, Noranda, Quebec. Together they had two children, Barry and Brian.

September 23, 1957 : Left Canada for Italy and disembarked in Egypt on September 27th with the UNEF mission. he was there for 12 months.

June 1, 1958 : He received his United Nations Emergency Force Medal

October 6 : He arrived in Canada from Egypt. He was posted to Ottawa with the office of the Judge Advocate General.

July 24, 1961 : He was transferred to Halifax, Nova Scotia.

September 3, 1962 : He was promoted to the rank of acting Staff-Sergeant

August 1, 1963 : He was promoted to Staff-Sergeant

November 1, 1965 : He was transferred to Ottawa. By that time he had remarried

September 3, 1968 : He was promoted to the rank of Warrant Officer. His Canadian Decoration was issued to him between that date and December 17

December 17 : He was discharged from the army.

Warrant Officer John Lyons discharge certificate (front and back)

1984 : He received the Long and Efficiency Service Medallion denoting 35 years service as a civil servant for the Canadian Government.

June 7, 1984 : Died. He is buried in Beechwood cemetery in Ottawa section A, range 96, gr 41. His last address was 2 Goulburn Crescent, Ottawa and was still a civil servant. He is buried with his father but the gravestone does not have his name on it. The obituary does mention that he was married to Rita Marchildon making her his second wife.

March 12, 2002 : He received  the Canadian Peacekeeping Service Medal posthumously.

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