Category Archives: surname M

Nursing Sister Elizabeth Josephine McLoughlin

Nursing Sister Elizabeth Josephine McLoughlin served in the Queen Alexandria Imperial Nursing Service during World War One.

She died died on April 4th, 1927 and is buried in the military section of Mount-Royal Cemetery, Montreal

Obituary from Montreal Gazette April 5th, 1927

McLoughlin, Elizabeth Josephine

In this city, on April 4th, 1927, Elizabeth Josephine McLoughlin, nursing sister, Q.A.I.M.N.S. in her 40th year. Funeral from the William Wray Chapel 617 University Street on Wednesday April 6th 1927 at 7:45 am to Saint-Patrick thence Cote des Neiges Cemetery.

Nursing Sister Evelyn Verra McKay

Nursing Sister Evelyn Verra McKay served in the Canadian Army Medical Corps during WW1. She is entitled to the British War Medal and the Victory Medal. She was one of the few female casualties of war and a Memorial Cross, Memorial Plaque and Scroll were issued to her parents.

She was born on September 24th 1892 in Galt, Ontario.

Height : 5′ 9″     Weight: 160 lbs.        Religion:Presbyterian

She enlisted on November 6th, 1916 in London, Ontario.

Picture of Nursing Sister Evelyn Verra McKay (before the war)

Sailed to England on December 9th 1916 on board ship Missanabie. Arrived in London on December 19th.

She was transferred to the 3rd Canadian General Hospital, Boulogne on August 25th, 1917.

She entered the 3rd Canadian General Hospital (as a patient) on October 30th, 1918 (dangerously ill),

She died on November 4th from a broncho-pneumonia at the age of 26.

Her medals (British War Medal, Victory Medal)  and Memorial Cross were sent her mother, Sarah Mckay, 85 Rose street  in Galt, Ontario. The Memorial Plaque and Scroll were sent to her father Mark McKay.

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Picture of Nursing Sister Evelyn Verra McKay gravestone

Captain Daniel Ellsworth Munn

Captain Daniel Ellsworth Munn served with the 47th battalion and the Royal Canadian Regiment during World War One. He is entitled to the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal.

British War Medal and Victory Medal

Pailthorpe medals

He was born on May 30, 1887 in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, the son of Angus and Sarah Agnes Munn, of New Westminster, British Columbia. He signed his Attestation Paper as a Lieutenant with the 47th Infantry Battalion, on March 24, 1915 in New Westminster,

He named his next-of-kin as his father, Angus, stating that he had previous military service with the 6th Regiment Duke of Connaught’s Own Rifles and the 104th Regiment Westminster Fusiliers of Canada. He was not married and that his trade as that of Estate & Insurance Broker.

The Battalion sailed to United Kingdom on November 13, 1915. He was later transferred to the Royal Canadian Regiment and soon found himself in the French theatre.

He was admitted to No. 9 Field Ambulance suffering from Influenza and Constipation and transferred to Mont des Cats the same day, June 13, 1916. He was again transferred, this time to No. 12 Casualty Clearing Station, where he received further treatment before rejoining his unit on July 7th. He was named Acting Captain on November 8, 1916; however, six months later, he was wounded during a trench raid on December 10, 1916. He was transferred to No. 3 General Hospital at Le Treport with a “slight gunshot wound to his scalp” on December 17th. He was absent from the ceremony where he was to receive his promotion to Captain, as he was still recovering from wounds.

He was evacuated to England via the Hospital Ship Dunluce Castle and transferred to Mrs. Arnold’s, 47 Roland Garden S.W. British Hospital on the 24th. Upon further assessment, he has suffering from gunshot wounds to his right forehead (temporal region) and the second finger on his right hand. He “had headaches for sometime after (the) injury” and by the end of December it was noted that “this Officer suffered the disability. Wounds healed. General health good except for lack of energy.”, although his “nervous system (was) somewhat weakened.” He was discharged on the 30th and deemed “unfit for service” for one month following his discharge, until being cleared for service beginning on January 29, 1917.

The following week, he proceeded overseas to rejoin the Royal Canadian Regiment on February 6, 1917, arriving in France on the 7th. He was transferred to the 3rd Entrenchment Battalion on February 11th and named Temporary Captain on February 28, 1917.

He was in command of “A” Company, stationed on the left side of the ridge, when he was wounded on the latter half of the first day of action, late on April 9 or early on April 10 at the Battle of Vimy Ridge. He was hospitalized at No. 6 Casualty Clearing Station and died from his wounds on April 18, 1917, at the age of 29. He is buried at Barlin Communal Cemetery at Pas de Calais, France.

His father, Angus, received his medals, plaque and scroll, while his mother, Sarah, received his Memorial Cross.

Private John Joseph McAndrew

Private John Joseph McAndrew served in the Canadian Forestry Corps during WW1. He is entitled to the British War Medal only.

Born on April 28th, 1897 in Liverpool, England Trade : farmer

Religion : Roman Catholic     Status : Single      Hair: fair

Eyes : blue           Weight : 120 lbs          Height : 5′ 1″

Name of the sister : Sarah McAndrew

Address : 152 Nelson Street, Ottawa

1901 United Kingdom Census: Not listed

August 26th, 1916 : Enlisted in the 230th battalion in Ottawa, Ontario

January 26th, 1917 : Sailed form Halifax on SS Grampian. Arrived in England on February 6th

April 4th : Hospitalized for scabies

May 1st : Taken on strength at the Canadian Forestry Corps Headquarters in London, England

August 26th, 1918 : Awarded the good conduct badge

November 26th : Hospitalized for influenza. Released on December 19th

December 24th : Leave of absence. Returned January 2nd

March 23rd, 1919 : Sailed to Canada

April 1st : Discharged in Ottawa

1967: He died

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Private John Joseph McAndrew British war Medal

Nursing Sister Bertha Evelyn McDonald,

Nursing Sister Bertha Evelyn McDonald served in the Canadian Army Medical Corps during WW1. She is not entitled to any military medal.

She was born on March 3rd, 1895 in Alexandria, Ontario

She was hospitalised at Laurentide Sanatorium in Sainte Agathe, Quebec from April 1st to April 30th, 1918.

Her enlistement papers show that she joined the CEF on September 18, 1918 in Montreal, Quebec.

Height: 5′ 4″             Weight:122 lbs.           Religion:Roman Catholic

Her address 112 Saint-Luc Street, Montreal, Quebec

She was declared medically unfit on January 6th, 1919 in Montreal, Quebec.

She was hospitalised for influenza at Montreal General Hospital in April 1919 following which was marked debility.

She was hospitalised at Sainte Anne de Bellevue Hospital from May 2nd to June 2nd, 1919.

She was hospitalised again at Sainte Anne de Bellevue Hospital from June 18th to June 27th, 1919.

She was declared medically unfit and demobilised on July 28th, 1919.

Because she never left Canada, she did not receive any military medal for her service

In two places in her WW1 file it is stated that her military service began near May 1917 but her certificate of service date her appointing as nursing sister as September 18th, 1918 but she was hospitalised in a military hospital before that date.

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Inscription on her gravestone

1917-1919 C.A.M.C. – SISTER – W.W.1

IN LOVING MEMORY OF BERTHA E. MACDONALD

DAUGHTER OF DR D. D. MACDONALD

AND

CATHERINE MACDONNELL SPOUSE OF CHARLES KERR

AND OF

SCOTT E. BIRD

BORN ALEXANDRIA MAY 3 1894

DIED – OTTAWA DEC 16 1973

MAY HER SOUL REST IN PEACE

BLESSED ARE THEY THAT PUT

THEIR TRUST IN HIM

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Orderly – Gunner Alexander Day Martin

Orderly and Gunner Alexander Day Martin served in the Imperial Yeomanry Hospital during the Boers’ War and with the Canadian Field Artillery during World War One. He is entitled to the Queen South Africa Medal with clasps South Africa 1901, Transvaal, Orange Free State and Cape Colony, the 1914-15 Star, the British War Medal and the Victory Medal.

He was born on February 5th 1875 in Kentish Town County, London, England

He served from 1894 until 1898 in the 22nd Artillery Battery in United Kingdom.

He married Mary Cunningham Spenster on June 2nd 1900 on 17 Victoria Road, Broad Lane Sottenham. The witnesses were Frank Martin and Ellen Cunningham

1901: United Kingdom census. He lived at 9 Vickon Road and his wife Mary was born in 1873.

He had one child, Kathleen Cland born on June 1st, 1901

His mother in law Sarah Cunningham (nurse)

BOERS’ WAR:

Trade: fitter

Religion: Church of England       Status: married         Height: 5′ 3 ½ “

Eyes: grey      Hair: brown       Weight:140 lbs.

He enlisted in the Imperial Yeomanry in London on January 18th, 1902 at 88 Victoria Street.

Prior to his enlistment he had service in the Imperial Yeomanry Hospital. He agreed to allot 2/5 of his pay to his wife

He was promoted to corporal on June 27th

He served at home from January 18th, 1902 to May 25th, 1902 for 129 days

in South Africa from May 26th, 1902 to November 18th, 1902 for 175 days

and back at home from November 19th, 1902 to November 25th, 1902 for 6 days

In the Regular Forces he was in the 38th battalion, 168th company

He was discharged at Aldershott on November 25th at his own request. His attitude is described as indifferent

FIRST WORLD WAR

Trade: Wheeler         Address: Melbourne, Quebec

November 18th, 1914: He enlisted in the 21st Artillery Battery in Montreal, Quebec. He mentioned on his enlistment paper that he served 5 years with the A.S.C. and 6 years 11 months with the Hussars militia

May 26th, 1915: He was drafted to go to France

June 16th: He was taken on strength with the Ammunition Column

Hospitalized at the 21st Division Rest Station for ingrowing toe nail on March 4th to March 20th, 1916.

September 20th: Transferred to the Reserve Brigade for discharge

He returned to Canada on October 17th and demobilized on October 3oth. No cause of discharge was mentionned on his papers but since he was 41 at the time, he was probably unfit for military duty

September 12th, 1918: He enlisted a second time in the Canadian Military Police Corps No 4 Detachment in Montreal, Quebec. His address was 2426 20th avenue, Montreal, Quebec

January 1st, 1919: He was promoted to the rank of Lance Corporal.

March 18th: H was discharged in Montreal. He gave his address 2426 20th avenue, Montreal but according to the Montreal White Pages of 1920, he was mot living there anymore

He died on January 19th, 1935 and is buried in Lot 74 #114 at Hawthorn-Dale Cemetery in Montréal, Québec.

gravestone

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Private Charles Manseau

Private Charles Manseau in the 22 nd battalion (Vandoos) in the Canadian Expeditionary Forces during WW1. He is entitled to the British War Medal and the Victory Medal. His enlistment number was 2002099. He received two War Service Badge Army, his class A was numbered 96793 and his War Service Badge Army Class B was numbered 57407. Usually those who received the class B badge did not receive the class A badge, this was a clerical mistake.

He was born on April 27 th, 1890 in Montreal, Quebec

Religion: Roman Catholic       Civil status: Single         Trade: student

Eyes: Brown     Hair: Brown          Height: 5′ 8″

Father : Horace Manseau                 Mother : Ernestine Manseau

1901 Canadian Census : He is not listed in the census

1911 Canadian Census: He is listed as living in Nicolet Quebec and born in April of 1892, two years after what he mentionned on his WW1 enlistment paper. His father was a doctor

December 20th 1916: He enlisted in Montreal, Quebec in the 150th battalion. He said that he had some service with the 80th battalion before he enlisted

March 3rd, 1917 : He embarked on transport ship Canada and sails to England. They arrived on March 15th.

March 10th : he was promoted to the rank of acting sergeant

April 3rd : He was reverted to the rank of private

April 4th : he was struck of strength of the 150th battalion

February 27th, 1918 : He was transferred to the 22 nd battalion in France

The 22nd battalion relieved the 21st battalion the night of the June 3rd to the 4th. On the 5th they were bombarded by artillery, 1 killed, 11 wounded. Private Charles Manseau was one of the wounded soldiers.

June 5th : Gunshot wound to the thigh (left thigh amputated) left hand ( 4 of 5 fingers amputated). Although Private Charles Manseau joined the conflict very late and served for only 4 months in France, it does show some soldiers who served from start to end without any major injury, and some like Private Manseau were there only a few months and would carry the results of severe wounds for the rest of their life.

June 26 th : He was transferred to England on H.S Cambria

October 30 th : He sailed to Canada on ship Neuralia: Arrived on November 10 th.

November 13 th : He was admitted to Ste Anne Hospital in Ste-Anne-de-Bellevue, Quebec

December 7th : He was absent without a leave until December 9th.

October 16th, 1919 : He was discharge

April 27th, 1967 : He died in Sarasota hospital in Florida, U.S.A.

Victory Medal and British War medal

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Private Moise Morin

Private Moise Morin served in the Quebec Regiment. The Quebec Regiment was a depot battalion and those regiments never saw the front line. They were stationned in United Kingdom only and were used to supply men to battalion which were in France and fighting. It was a sort of waiting list before men were sent to France.

Each canadian province had its own depot battalion and on arrival in United Kingdom men were sent to their respective battalion depending the province where they enlisted in Canada.

Private Moise is entitled to the British war medal and his service number was 3380290.

He was born on September 2nd in St-Gabriel, Wolfe County, Quebec

Trade : Farmer

Religion : Roman Catholic    Status : Single     Height : 5′ 6″

Eyes : blue     Hair : brown     Weight : 155 lbs.

Name of his father : Hubert Morin     Address : Saint Alphonse de Stornoway

August 9th, 1918 : He enlisted in Québec City, Québec. Moise Morin was a draftee.

July 28th : He embarked on HMT Pannomia and arrived in England on August 8th.

August 22nd : He transferred to the 10th Reserve Battalion

June 26th, 1919 : He embarked on the SS Baltic in Liverpool, England. He arrived in Halifax on July 4th.

July 6th : He was demobilised

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Private Moise Morin British War Medal

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Private Louis Mercier

Private Louis Mercier served in 18th battalion (Prescott) during the 1866 and 1870 Fenians Raid campaigns in Upper Canada. He is entitled to the Canada General Service Medal bars Fenian Raid 1866 and 1870

1866 : He served from June 2 nd to June 10 th at Vankleek Hill and Prescott awaiting the enemy. They never showed up.

1870 : He served at Cornwall for three weeks

1871 Canadian census taken in Prescott County – Hawkesbury West district, Ontario

He was born in Ontario in 1850 (age 21 years)

Trade : labourer           Religion: Roman Catholic

1881 Canadian census taken place Hull, Ottawa, Quebec

Louis Mercier (head) born in Ontario in 1851     Occupation Labourer

Annie Mercier (wife) born in Quebec in 1851     Religion Roman Catholic

Louis Mercier born in Ontario in 1872, age 9

Levi Mercier born in Ontario in 1874, age 7

Jules Mercier born in Ontario in 1878, age 3

Pauline Mercier born in Ontario on August of 1880

Also living with them was someone anmed Abraham Lederoot. He was born in Ontario in 1859 and was a labourer

1882 He is listed as a labourer in 1882 Hull’s Almanac

December 17st, 1900 : His canada General Service medal (number 8752) was sent to hom in Hawkesbury, Ontario

1901 census information taken in Hintonburgh (Village), Carleton, Ontario

Mercier Louis born on June 5 1850

Mercier Hannah born on June 5 1851

He is buried at the Garden of Souvenir cemetery in Gatineau, Quebec (section D)

The inscription on the gravestone read like this;

À la mémoire de Hormidas Chartrand décédé le 27 avril 1934 à l’age de 76 ans et 6 mois époux de Flore Normand décédé le 2 février 1939 à l’age de 78 ans.

Louis Mercier décédé le 10 février 1935 à l’age de 63 ans

Eveline Claude 1872 – 1964

Inscription on the side of the stone

Louis Mercier 1848 – 1918             Anna Thérien 1849 – 1937

Justine Huneault 1849 – 1918       Louis Claude 1835 – 1920

Yvonne Mercier 1900 – 1921         Emile Lavigne 1907 – 1964

Époux de Yvette Mercier 1910 – 2001

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Private Louis Mercier Canada General Service Medal clasps Fenian Raid 1866 and 1870

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Mercier-L

Picture of his gravestone in Souvenir’s cemetery, Gatineau Québec

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Trooper William Henry Mercier

Trooper William Henry Mercier served in 74th Dublin company Imperial Yeomanry during the Boers War and during WW1 in United Kingdom. He is entitled to the Queen’s South Africa Medal (clasps Cape Colony Orange Free State Transvaal). His enlistment number was 32504.

Born on April 1880 in Callan, Kilkenny, Ireland

Name of his mother: Rachel Mercier

March 1st, 1901 : Enlisted in Dublin, Ireland in the 74th Company Imperial Yeomanry.

The 8th Battalion was composed of these companies ; 23rd (Lancashire) Company Co-sponsored by Duke of Lancaster’s Own Yeomanry Cavalry, and Lancashire Hussars, the 24th (Westmorland and Cumberland) Company, the 74th (Dublin) Company Transferred 1902 from 16th Battalion, the 77th (Manchester) Company Sponsored by Lancashire Hussars, 99th (Irish) Company and the 105th (Manchester) Company

Trade : none             Height : 5′ 10″

Weight : 159 lbs.        Eyes : brown

March 1st until March 21st : Served at home (21 days)

March 21st until August 31st, 1902 : Served in South Africa (1 year and 163 days)

August 11th : Sailed from South Africa on the Norham Castle (from the Cape Times Weekly)

August 31st : The Norham Castle arrived Southampton Saturday morning (from the London Times)

September 1st until September 7th : Served at home (7 days)

September 7th : Discharged

WW1 : William Henry Mercier probably served during WW1. One Medal Index Card does have his name but does not show service in France.

William Mercier Medal Index Card

1935 : Died last semester of the year. According to the age on his death certificate, I think he lied about his age on enlistment. He was probably born in 1870

There was another Mercier in the 74th Company, named Charles Mercier 32560 who died on May 8th, 1902. (probably his brother).

Queen’s South Africa Medal

Nursing Sister Marjorie Beatrice Moberly – UPDATED

Nursing Sister Marjorie Beatrice Moberly served in the Canadian Army Medical Corps during WW1. She served only in Canada and was born in 1895 Totnes District, Devon, United Kingdom.

She graduated from the Nursing School of the Royal Jubilee Hospital, Vernon, British-Columbia

Her parents were Major and Mrs. Guy Moberly of 1630 Haro street, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Her father enlisted in the 7th battalion Canadian Expeditionary Forces in September 1914.

October 26th, 1918 : She died at the Coquitlam Military Hospital of influenza. Her funeral was held on October 30th and she was buried at the Mountain View Cemetery in Vancouver, British Columbia

Excerpt from the Vancouver Daily Province  October 28, 1918 : The death occurred at the Coquitlam Military Hospital on Saturday of Nursing Sister Marjorie Beatrice Moberly, aged 23. She had applied for overseas’ service eighteen months ago, but was not called on until the influenza outbreak, when she immediately went to Coquitlam. After a few days she contracted the disease. She was the first military nurse to die from the epidemic. She was the daughter of Major Moberly of the Board of Pension Commissioners.

According to her death certificate she had been at the place of death (Coquitlam) only for 14 days and was previously living at  1630 Haro Street, Vancouver.

This is where her story gets bizarre. Nursing Sister Marjorie Beatrice Moberly is not commemorated as a casualty of war on the Commonwealth War Graves Commission nor the Canadian Book of Remembrance . She was a member of the Canadian Forces at the time of her death so, technically, she should be recognized to that effect, but she is not. I also tried to locate her in the Library and Archives Canada database of WW1 Canadian Soldiers and Nursing Sisters, again, I am unable to find her there. If her military file exist, it is somewhere else.

If you look at her grave site

Picture of Nursing Sister Marjorie Beatrice Moberly grave

She is buried amongst other soldiers who do have the official veteran gravestone but she does not. It’s like her official veteran gravestone was removed and replaced by a civilian stone flat on the ground.

Even if a nurses or soldiers did not served overseas and died of cause related to their military service in Canada, they were to be recognized as a casualty of war and receive the proper honours. They would get an official military grave stone, one next-of-kin would received the Memorial Plaque with the Memorial Scroll and the mother  of the deceased received the Memorial Cross. Some Canadian nurses died on active duty during WW1, served only in Canada and are recognized as official casualties of war.

The big question is “Was she officially in the Canadian Army” There are some traces of her in official Canadian Army documents. Her name can be found in some 23rd Infantry Brigade Canadian Army official documents.

One of the three official document where her name is mentionned

It is really bizarre why she is not recognized as an official casualty of war.

Five things could have happened ;

  • 1 – Since she died very shortly after enlisting, her enlistment papers may not have not been processed in the system before she died and she was not considered officially enlisted in the Canadian Army.
  • 2 – Her obituary mentioned that she got sick a few days after arriving, maybe she did report for duty already sick and was sent directly to the hospital as a patient and never did nursing work, meaning she did not serve one day in the Canadian Army.
  • 3 – Maybe there was a qualifying period before you could be eligible to official honours if you died and did not served oversea. I am almost sure there wasn’t a such a period but I am not 100 % sure.
  • 4 – Maybe she was enrolled not as part of the Canadian Expeditionary Forces (C.E.F.) but as part of the Canadian Reserve Forces, this is really a minor administrative difference but this means that technically she was not serving for the war effort as part of the C.E.F. and only members of the C.E.F. were entitled to the official honours.
  • 5 – Maybe her file got lost and was never found again

I think that options 4 or 5 are more likely to be the explanation of that mystery.

Although an administrative detail prevented her from being commemorated officially by the Canadian Government, it is clear that she died of causes related to her military service.

UPDATED NOVEMBER 22nd 2012

The information was sent to me by a relative of Nursing Sister Moberly

Her father was a professional soldier in the Indian Army (he spoke Persian and Pushtu) and seems to have emigrated via England to Canada sometime after resigning his Indian Army commission in 1897.     That is why he joined the Canadian forces (7th Canadian Infantry Battalion) in WW1.    His father and grandfather were also in the Indian Army.  

Not surprisingly, several of Marjorie’s female Moberly cousins were also nurses in WW1.    Marjorie has a particularly close link with one of them, although she will not have known of it – my grandfather’s sister was a Nurse in the Voluntary Aid Detachment (VAD), working in a convalescent hospital at Merton College, Oxford, but she too died in the flu epidemic in 1918 just 2 days before the end of WW1.  She is buried in Christ Church College, Oxford, where her father had been a professor

Her official Death Card list her as a Nursing Sister but civilian, this add another twist to this mystery. Canadian Nursing Sisters were not civilian but according to the card she is. I wonder if she was not like a contractual nurse and not part of the military but rather working with the military.

Nursing Sister Beatrice Moberly Death Card

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Pictures and obituary sources – Great War Forum

November 11, 94 years after

Today November 11th, 94 years after the end of World War One, I post pictures of seven gravestones of men who served with the Canadian Army Medical Corps during that conflict. Men who went overseas and served in an armed conflict that change the face of the world. They were men who did not seek glory, nor money but just did their duties.

THEY ARE

Captain Charles Jefferson Wheaton

He enlisted on February 16th, 1916 in Winnipeg, Manitoba in 2nd Field Ambulance depot. He was a physician. He was born in 1883 in New Brunswick, Canada.

He died on May 20th, 1963 and he is buried in Beechwood Cemetery in Ottawa, Ontario.

Lieutenant Lewis Ross Hurst

Enlisted a first time in the Canadian Army Medical Corps Depot in Toronto, Canada as a Private on February 25th, 1916. His service number was 527695. He enlisted a second time on December 19th, 1918 in Toronto, Canada with the 2nd Canadian Field Ambulance.

He was born January 6th, 1879 in Alliston Ontario. He died April 13th, 1948 and he is buried Beechwood cemetery in Ottawa, Ontario.

Sergeant George Sharpe

He enlisted on February 15th, 1915 in Ottawa, Ontario in the Duchess of Connaught Hospital. He was already serving with the 2nd Field Ambulance in the Canadian Medical Corps.

He was born on March 25th, 1886 in Ottawa, Ontario. He died August 18th, 1973 and he is buried at the Beechwood Cemetery in Ottawa, Ontario.

Private Harry William Jones

He enlisted the first on November 16th, 1914 in Halifax, Nova Scotia and served in the 1st canadian Field Ambulance. His service number was 50059. He enlisted a second time on May 26th, 1919 in Ottawa, Ontario. He had some previous military service in the Royal Canadian Horse Artillery from 1909 to 1912.

He was born on January 12th, 1881 in Dunville, Quebec. He died on December 21st, 1964 and he is buried in Beechwood Cemetery in Ottawa, Ontario.

Private George Forsythe Warren

He enlisted for the first time on April 2nd, 1918. He stated 7 years of service with the Permanent Army Medical Corps. He enlisted a second time on December 31st, 1919. His trade on enlistment was a butler and he gave his address as the Royal Military College in Kingston.

He was born on November 13th 1888 in Bristol England. He died on January 22nd, 1970 and he is buried in Beechwood Cemetery in Ottawa, Ontario.

Private William J Mitchell

He enlisted on April 6th, 1916 in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan in the 8th Canadian Stationary Hospital and he attested serving 1 year in the Duke of Cornwall Rifles before his enlistment.

He was born on October 10th 1888 in Ottawa, Ontario. He died on June 1st, 1939 and he is buried at the Beechwood Cemetery in Ottawa, Ontario.

Private George MaCauley

He enlisted the first time on November 19th, 1915 in Shakespeare, Ontario in the 91st Battalion C.E.F (service number 189389). He enlisted a second time May 31 st 1917 in St-Thomas, Ontario  in the Canadian Army Medical Corps (service number 527021).

He was born on February 5th, 1873 in London England.  He died in 1945 and he is buried in Beechwood Cemetery in Ottawa, Ontario

Nurse Gabrielle Morin

May 16th, 1940 : Graduated from Hopital Ste – Justine Nursing School in Montreal, Quebec

From the Montreal Lovell’s directory

– Not listed in the directory before 1929

– In 1929 her father arrived with her at the address 5940 De Lorimier

– May 16th, 1940 : Graduated as a nurse from the Ste-Justine Hospital in Montreal

– From 1941 until 1945 she is living at the 5940 De Lorimier avenue and listed as a graduated nurse

– Not listed in the directory in after 1946

September 23rd, 1950 : information from a website “Morin, Gabrielle, and Gordon Richardson are wed”

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Gabrielle Morin nursing school graduation pin Hôpital Ste – Justine Montréal

Obverse engraved : Mlle Gabrielle Morin 16 – 5 – 40

Rifleman Fred Carter Mason C.D.

Rifleman Fred Carter Mason served in the Queen’s Own Rifles of Canada in the Canadian Army. He served in the United Nations mission in Cyprus. He is entitled to the United Nations Forces UNFICYP medal, the Canadian Centennial Medal and Canadian Decoration with clasp.

October 4th 1951 : Enlisted in the Halifax Rifles in the Armoured Regiment Reserve Force

August 28th 1952: Discharged

April 8th 1953: Enlisted a second time

December 16th: Taken on strength with the 2nd battalion Queen’s Own Rifles in Calgary

February 5th 1954 : Taken on strength with the 1st battalion Queen’s Own Rifles of Calgary

April 8th 1955 : Received the Good Conduct Badge

April 22nd : Qualified as an infantry driver

April 8th 1958 : Received his second Good Conduct Badge

October 5th 1960 : Embarked in Canada. Disembarked in Holland on October 14th

February 1st 1963 : Transferred to Germany

April 8th : Received his third Good Conduct Badge

November 27th : Embarked in Germany. Arrived in Canada on November 28th

March 1964 : Received his Canadian Decoration

April 3rd 1965 : Disembarked in Cyprus. July 1st : Awarded the United Nations medal for Cyprus (Qualifying time for the medal was three months of service in the Mission)

November 10th, 1967 : Awarded the Centennial Medal

March 1st 1968 : Promoted to sub corporal

1971 : The Queen’s Own Rifles regiment (Regular Forces) was disbanded and all personnel were transferred to Princess Patricia Canadian Light Infantry regiment

March 1974 : Received clasp to his Canadian Decoration

April 20th 1975 : Discharged with the rank of master-corporal

November 1st 1994 : Awarded the Special Service medal with clasp NATO

I found an information on an Internet forum on the Queen’s Own Rifles and Rifleman Mason was probably a clerk with the regiment at some point in time.

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Staff Nurse Hetty Elizabeth Milnes A.R.R.C.

Staff Nurse Hetty Elizabeth Milnes served during WW1 with the Queen Alexandra’s Imperial Military nurses. She is entitled to the Royal Red Cross 2nd class, the British War Medal and the Victory Medal.

Born on July 4th, 1879 in Mont Kerry, Montgomery, Wales

1881 United Kingdom census : Listed as living with her grand-mother, Mary Downes, on a 153 acres farm in Great Cloddia, Kerry, Montgomeryshire, Wales. Also living with her her aunt, Sarah Downes born in 1846, her uncle, Walter Downes born 1854 and her uncle, William born 1850. They also had 4 servants Richard Trow (born 1846), Samuel Tudor (born 1864), Daniel Edwards (born 1858) and Maria Jones (born 1867)

1901 United Kingdom census : She was an elementary school teacher and living in the school’s house in Kerry Montgomery county. Her father was James L. and he was a schoolmaster, Her mother’s name was Agnes. She had three sisters Dora E, Hilda A., Mildred B. and two brothers Alan D. and William M.

1911 United Kingdom census : Listed as living in St Pancras district in London

May 25th, 1915 : Enlisted with the Queen Alexandra’s Imperial Military nurses. She had previously worked at the Royal Infirmary in Shrewbury.

Trade : nurse for a doctor                    status : single

February  : Posted at the 3rd Hospital in Western Cardiff until May 24th, 1916.

May 25th, 1917 : Posted at the 57th British General Hospital in Marseilles, France with the B.E.F.

July 28th : She cut her forehead and dislocated her major finger in her right hand when tripping over a cord from a tent and fell on the ground. She received a three weeks permission.

She left the 57th British General Hospital.

June 6th, 1918 : Permission until June 20th.

1919, July 31st : Awarded the Royal Red Cross Second Class (London Gazette). She was with the 1st  London General Hospital in Camberwell

End of June : Posted at the 47th General Hospital in Bonn, Germany until August 21st, 1919 when she left Germany.

September 6th : Arrived at the Special Surgical Hospital in Manchester.

November 12th : Demobilised at the Special Surgical Hospital in Manchester.

Address after demobilisation : Kerry Newroom, Montgomeryshire

Served with Territorial Force Nursing Service from February 27th, 1916 to November 18th, 1919.

September 3rd, 1922 : Promoted from the rank of Sister.

1930, November 14th, : Sailed on the Empress of Australia from South Hampton to New York City. Sailed back to United Kingdom on early April 1931

December 31st, 1934 : Retired after reaching the mandatory age of retirement, 55.

1968 : Died (April-May-June) in Basford, United Kingdom

Typical Royal Red Cross second class WW1 medals group with a Queen Alexandra’s Imperial Military Nursing Service cape badge

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Uniform worn by Queen Alexandra’s Imperial Military nurses WW1 (note the cape badge worn on the right side of the cape)