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forty-seven Canadian nurses who died while serving overseas

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BerichtGeplaatst: 15 Okt 2011 20:56    Onderwerp: forty-seven Canadian nurses who died while serving overseas Reageer met quote

About the "47"
"Finding the 47" is dedicated to the Canadian military nursing sisters who lost their lives while serving their country during the First World War. The number 47 is not exact--historical sources give varying numbers for the women lost. One source, historian Dianne Dodd of Parks Canada puts the number at 61. Part of the reason for the discrepancy is that many nurses died a few years after the war from illness caused by their service. Whatever the number, these women need to be remembered--they served their country with distinction and courage in a war from which Canada emerged a scarred but stronger nation.

A Fatal Flight
The life of a military nurse during the First World War was a mix of excitement, exhaustion, horror, hope and despair. The sights and sounds of wounded men were often overpowering, and it is no surprise that the women often longed for and enjoyed brief breaks when they explored local villages and historic sites, bicycled through the countryside, visited the leave clubs in Paris, or went for picnics with friends and colleagues. It was rare, however, for a nurse to lose her life when enjoying one of these much-needed breaks. Yet such was the case for Canadian Nursing Sister Marion Overend.

Born sometime around 1895, Overend and her sister May were natives of Peterborough, Ontario. They studied nursing at Mt. Sinai Hospital in New York in 1913. In 1917, they joined the American Red Cross and travelled to France. According to her friends, "Miss Overend was a bright and lovable young woman," who had a real sense of adventure. According to researcher Tighe McManus, by 1918 she was serving at the American Army 3rd Base Hospital which was located in an old monastery near the village of Montpon-Menesterol in the Dordogne region.

On June 1, 1918, Overend decided to do something that many of her colleagues would have envied. She got the chance to go up in an aeroplane piloted by an unnamed Captain. Flying was considered a daring, exciting activity during the First World War--and a dangerous one. Many pilots were killed simply because of accidents or poorly constructed machines. Unfortunately, Marion Overend would become one of the few (if not the only)nurse to lose her life in this way. The Orillia Packet of August 1, 1918 describes what happened next. "Something went wrong with the machine while they were in the air, and it crashed. Miss Overend was killed instantly, and the Captain was very seriously injured." Overend was given a military funeral, which was attended by nearly the whole staff of the American base hospital. Marion is buried at: Plot A Row 6 Grave 14 of the St. Mihiel American Cemetery in Thiaucourt, France.

Overend was one of the countless Canadian nurses who served with the medical corps' of other nations, such as Britain and France. Recently, I came across a list of nurses who died in the AEF during the war. It was in the American "Red Cross Bulletin" of January 6, 1919. Two of those listed were Canadian, including Marion Overend and Constance Caplan of Toronto. There may well be others--Canadians who lived in the United States during their studies or for other periods in their lives were often perceived to be Americans. If you know of other Canadian nurses who died while serving in other medical corps, please let me know and I will be glad to share their story here. Thanks today to
Tighe McManus and Annette Fulford for first telling me about Marion.

copyright: Debbie Marshall

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BerichtGeplaatst: 16 Okt 2011 20:52    Onderwerp: Reageer met quote

Tragische maar boeiende geschiedenis, Tandorini. Daar lees je nou weer niet zo vaak iets over. Ik heb in Wimereux, waar John McCrae ligt, ook een aantal graven van verpleegsters of vrouwelijke artsen gezien, ik meen zelfs dat het nonnen waren. Op zo'n moment wordt nog eens pijnlijk duidelijk hoe veel mensen de oorlog geraakt heeft.

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Wie achter de kudde aanloopt, sjouwt altijd door de stront.
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BerichtGeplaatst: 17 Okt 2011 18:05    Onderwerp: Reageer met quote

Nog meer lezen, enkel "Canadian military nursing sisters" ingegeven in Google:

ďAngels of MercyĒ: Canadaís Nursing Sisters in World War I and II

First Aid: Nurses in the RCN, WWI

Canadian Army Medical Corps
Nursing sister Caroline Graham Green
Rechts onder 'Added recently' staan nog andere:

Canadian Great War Project.

Twee lijsten van Canadese verpleegsters, hun namen, sterfdatum en doodsoorzaak.
Er staan 14 verpleegsters op die verdronken toen het hospitaalschip HMHS Llandovery Castle werd getorpedeerd door de U86.
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