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Canadian Army Medical Corps (CAMC) Nursing Sisters - World War 1

The founding of this living history group has given us the opportunity to support local and international events that focus on military history. Our members recreate and illustrate the role that Nursing Sisters, of the Canadian Army Medical Corps, played during the First World War. We hope to give some insight to this chapter of our Canadian history and to remember and honour the Canadian women that have come before us.

Canada’s military nursing sisters were the first in the British Empire to be recognised as Officers. With roots in the Northwest Rebellion and the South African War, Canada’s Nursing Sisters were finally integrated into the Permanent Army Medical Corps in 1906, but they remained a rather small group.

In World War One, however, the Nursing Sisters were given new impetus; between 1914 and 1919 over 3,000 women, most between the ages of 24 and 38, served as active Nursing Sisters in the Canadian Army Medical Corps. Most served overseas as part of the Canadian Expeditionary Force. Serving in General Hospitals, Stationary Hospitals, Causality Clearing Stations, Hospital Ships and Ambulance Trains, Canada’s Nursing Sisters were, at times, only six miles from the front lines. The Nursing Sisters of the Canadian Army Medical Corps paved the way for the future generations of military nurses. To learn more please visit their website here

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