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.
On June 16th, 1945 Major Mary Minor Mills, R.C.A.M.C was awarded the Royal Red Cross Medal by King George VI at a ceremony at Buckingham Palace. Major Mills has a unique and special connection to Medicine Hat and Southeastern Alberta and Southwestern Saskatchewan and her story is a story worth telling as it forms another interesting chapter in the history of Medicine Hat.
A recent genealogical discovery is worthy of being documented as I found that a distant relative in WWI was awarded the rare Victoria Cross for gallantry and bravery. As we approach November 11th, and honour those who paid the ultimate sacrifice for love of country, his story is worth sharing as we discover one of the many “real” moral tragedies of war. LEST WE FORGET
This is the Fifth and Final article in relation to the St. Margaret’s “Living” Memorial Project. A Project designed to highlight the historical importance of this “tiny” Church nested in the shadow of the Cypress Hills near Eagle Butte. READ ON
This is the fourth in the series of articles in relation to the “St. Margaret’s “Living” Memorial Project’
This is the Third in a series of articles on the St. Margaret’s Church “Living” Memorial Project
This is the second of a series of articles in relation to the St Margaret’s Church “Living” Memorial Project. READ ON
Here is an interesting story about the “little” Church in the Cypress Hills-St. Margaret’s and its unique heritage and special connection to Medicine Hat and the surrounding area.
As an amateur genealogist and historian, I have been recently involved in several interesting research projects. I have written extensively regarding my family history (Anhorn/Medlicott/McIvor) and in doing so, I have endeavored, whenever possible, to put the story in some … Continue reading