Winnipeg General Hospital School of Nursing, Class of 1910

1910
Winnipeg General Hospital School of Nursing Graduating Class, 1910

 

Olive Coad, Class of 1910

Olive Coad, 1910

Olive Maud Coad was born on March 5, 1884 in Wingham, Ontario and moved to Eden, Manitoba with her family in 1890.

She graduated from the Winnipeg General Hospital School of Nursing in 1910. She accepted a position at the military hospital at Camp Sewell (later named Camp Hughes) in Manitoba in order to gain military nursing experience before enlisting with the Canadian Army Medical Corps in November 1916.

Nursing sister Coad served in both England and France and was posted at the No. 9 Canadian Stationary Hospital and No. 12 Canadian General Hospital; Bramshott; No. 4 Canadian General Hospital, Basingstoke and No. 9 Canadian Stationary Hospital in Etaples, France. She survived German air raid attacks while posted in Etaples, France.

After returning to Canada, she worked as both a private and special nurse in Canada and the United States.   She died at age 90 on April 23, 1974 in Neepawa, Manitoba.

 

Josephine (Josie) MacDonald, Class of 1910

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Josie MacDonald

Josephine Angeline MacDonald was born on October 31, 1878 in Brantford, Ontario. She moved with her parents to Emerson, Manitoba and then to Portage in 1906.

She graduated from the Winnipeg General Hospital School of Nursing in 1910. After graduation, she accepted a position as Nurse Superintendent of the hospital in Lashburn, Saskatchewan. In 1911, she resigned and began private nursing in Portage la Prairie.

MacDonald enlisted with the Canadian Army Medical Corps (CAMC) on July 28, 1916 at Camp Hughes in Manitoba and served in both England and France. She was initially posted to the Duchess of Connaught’s Red Cross Hospital in Taplow before being transferred to France in 1917 where she nursed alongside fellow Winnipeg General Hospital School of Nursing graduates Isobel Smith, Lola Bell, Ethel Gray, and Mary Best at the No. 3 Canadian Stationary Hospital. According to her obituary, she was also posted at No. 1 Canadian General Hospital, Etaples, France and survived several bombing raids by the Germans.

After the war, she spent two years nursing in La Jolla, California with her friend Isobel Smith. Upon her return to Canada she nursed at No. 10 Manitoba Military Hospital (Tuxedo Park) and, in 1926, joined the staff at Deer Lodge Hospital where she worked until her retirement in 1940.

 

Margaret McGilvray, Class of 1910

Margaret McGilvray, Winnipeg General Hospital Night Superintendent

Margaret Campbell McGilvary was born on June 26, 1878 in Glasgow, Scotland. She came to Canada with her parents in 1886.

Margaret graduated from the Winnipeg General Hospital School of Nursing in 1910. After graduation, she joined the staff of Tranquille Sanatorium as Lady Superintendent in Kamloops, British Columbia where she worked until 1912. She returned to Winnipeg in 1912 and engaged in private duty nursing for several years before joining the staff at King George Hospital in 1916. She later accepted, a position with the Public Health Unit focusing on the prevention of tuberculosis – a position she held until she enlisted with the Canadian Army Medical Corps in March 1917.

During the war, nursing sister McGilvray was posted at the No. 8 Canadian Stationary Hospital, Hastings and No. 12 Canadian General Hospital, Bramshott.  She returned to Canada in 1919 and joined the staff of Winnipeg General Hospital as a staff nurse and supervisor of the Military Wards and later the private wards section. In 1923, she was appointed Night Superintendent – a position she held until her retirement in 1939. She received the King’s Jubilee Medal in 1936.

She passed away on May 29, 1947.

 

Jessie Isobel Smith, Class of 1910

Jessie Isobel Smith was born on October 17, 1885 in Arthur, Ontario.

She graduated from the Winnipeg General Hospital School of Nursing in 1910 and soon after graduation accepted a position at the hospital in Lashburn, Saskatchewan. In 1911, she resigned and began private nursing in Edmonton, Alberta.

Jessie enlisted with the Canadian Army Medical Corps in September 1916 and served in both England and France. Nursing sister Smith was posted at Duchess of Connaught’s Canadian Red Cross Hospital in Taplow and then No. 3 Canadian Stationary Hospital in France where she nursed alongside fellow Winnipeg General Hospital School of Nursing graduates Josephine (Josie) MacDonald, Lola Bell, Ethel Gray, and Mary Best. All of these nursing sisters were in France during the air raids and Jessie Smith was hospitalized for a time due to mental exhaustion and tonsillitis.  Once she recovered, she was posted   to the Canadian Red Cross Special Hospital in Buxton in 1919.

After the war she was employed at the sanatorium in La Jolla, California with her friend Josephine MacDonald. She spent her nursing career in California and returned to Winnipeg in 1957. She passed away on August 20, 1958 at Deer Lodge Hospital.

Click here to read a letter written by Jessie Smith while she was stationed at No. 3 Canadian Stationary Hospital, France.

 

Florence Whittick, Class of 1910

Florence Katherine Whittick was born on February 14, 1885 in Niverville, Manitoba. She graduated from the Winnipeg General Hospital School of Nursing in 1910 and enlisted in the Canadian Army Medical Corps in June 1915.

Nursing sister Whittick served in both England and France during the war, however there are few details about where she was posted with the exception that in December 1915 she was stationed at No. 15 Canadian General Hospital (Duchess of Connaught’s Red Cross Hospital, Taplow), working alongside fellow Winnipeg General Hospital School of Nursing graduates Clara Hood (1901) and Hilda Corelli (1909).

Whittick received the Royal Red Cross Award from King George at Buckingham Palace for her service overseas and returned to Canada in 1919. She was appointed to the staff of City Child Welfare in 1920.  In 1922, she married Allan McKean and they lived in Winnipeg.

She passed away on December 15, 1966 at Deer Lodge Hospital.

 

Please click on the links below to read about other graduates from Winnipeg General Hospital School of Nursing, 1910, that served as nursing sisters during World War I.

 

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[Page from photo album, Winnipeg General Hospital School of Nursing, Class of 1910]
Mary Best, 1910

Ellanore Parker, 1910

Jean Urquhart, 1910

Mary White, 1910