More than 2,800 nurses served in the Canadian Army Medical Corps, as fully-enlisted officers in the specially-created all female rank of “Nursing Sister”, during World War I. Nicknamed “bluebirds” because of their blue uniforms and white veils, Canada’s nursing sisters saved many lives by caring for wounded and sick soldiers during this horrific conflict in France and Belgium during the Great War (1914-1919). Their valour and dedication to the war effort, however, is often overlooked. One of these Nursing Sisters has a unique connection to Medicine Hat and her story is one that should be told as part of another interesting chapter in the history of Medicine Hat.
As per usual an excellent read. Thank you!
Another great piece! This one was of particular interest to me, since my mother graduated from the Medicine Hat Hospital School of Nursing in 1925. When she passed away (in 1990), I was told there was only one living graduate of the school who had graduated prior to her. I can remember her mentioning that sometimes nurses would sneak back into their residence after curfew, but I never did find out if she were one of these “scofflaws”!
Thanks for the comment….it is amazing how often these stories resonate with people for various and sundry reasons….Happy New Year!