Irene Louise Sharpe, Class of 1915
Irene Louise Sharpe was born on June 14, 1890 in Orono, Ontario.
She graduated from Winnipeg General Hospital School of Nursing in 1915 and joined the operating room staff at Winnipeg General Hospital. In 1916, she resigned from her position and enlisted with the Canadian Army Medical Corps; she was posted to the Camp Sewell Military Hospital – also known as Camp Hughes, a military training camp near Carberry, Manitoba.
In late 1916, she joined the Queen Alexandra’s Imperial Military Nursing Service (QAIMNS) and served in Malta for one year before re-enlisting with the Canadian Army Medical Corps (CAMC) in November 1917.
While serving with the CAMC, nursing sister Sharpe was posted to the No. 10 Canadian General Hospital, Brighton; and No. 7 Canadian General Hospital and No. 6 Canadian General Hospital in France.
Irene returned to Winnipeg in May 1919 and began working at the Children’s Hospital, eventually as Charge Nurse of the Operating Room.
In 1924, she resigned from Children’s Hospital and accepted the position of Assistant Superintendent at St. Luke’s Hospital in Duluth, Minnesota.
She passed away on May 25, 1952.
Please click on the links below to read about other graduates from Winnipeg General Hospital School of Nursing, 1915, that served as nursing sisters during World War I.