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1939 - 1946
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Soldier Information Cards - World War Two
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A black index card containing the name, rank, and military history of a soldier of Waterloo County. Card also includes a photograph.
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Soldier First Name
George
Soldier Last Name
Holbrook
Rank
n/a
Regiment
Royal Canadian Army Medical Corps
Accession Number
WW2_H_292
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11 cm (W) X 6.8 cm (H)
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English
Date Range
1939 - 1946
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A black index card containing the name, rank, and military history of a soldier of Waterloo County. Card also includes a photograph.
Name Access
Holbrook, George
Subject Access
Military life
Royal Canadian Army Medical Corps
Soldiers
World War 1939-1945
Place
Kitchener
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Kitchener, Ontario
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A black index card containing the name, rank, and military history of a soldier of Waterloo County. Card also includes a photograph.
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Item
Soldier First Name
Ella
Soldier Last Name
Holfield
Rank
Nursing Sister
Regiment
Royal Canadian Army Medical Corps
Accession Number
WW2_H_294
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11 cm (W) X 6.8 cm (H)
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Language
English
Date Range
1939 - 1946
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A black index card containing the name, rank, and military history of a soldier of Waterloo County. Card also includes a photograph.
Name Access
Holfield, Ella
Subject Access
Military life
Soldiers
World War 1939-1945
Royal Canadian Army Medical Corps
Place
Galt
Geographic Access
Galt, Ontario
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WOMEN DOCTORS ON ACTIVE SERVICE Not far behind the front lines the hospitals of the Royal Canadian Army
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Soldier First Name
Deborah
Soldier Last Name
Hannay
Rank
Captain
Regiment
Royal Canadian Army Medical Corps
Accession Number
WW2_H_012_D1
WW2_H_012_D2
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Cards
Physical Description
11 cm (W) X 6.8 cm (H)
12.4 cm (W) X 8.3 cm (H) with mat/border
Language
English
Date Range
1939 - 1946
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A black index card containing the name, rank, and military history of a soldier of Waterloo County. Card also includes a photograph.
Name Access
Hannay, Deborah
Subject Access
Military life
Soldiers
World War 1939-1945
Royal Canadian Army Medical Corps
Place
Kitchener
Geographic Access
Kitchener, Ontario
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Hannay, Deborah (clipping] 19 July 1944 [image] Serving Overseas Capt. Deborah Hannay, the fo rmer Dr. Glaister who practiced with Dr. Harry Lackner in Kitchener, is a medical officer on the staff of No. 20 Canadian General Hospital in England. Her patient in the above photo from overseas is Sgt. J.T. Morrison or Toronto K-W Woman Army Doctor Anxious to Go to France With A Canadian General Hospital in England, July 19 (CP) Canada may send some of the first F.M.O.'s-women army doctors-across to serve in Normandy. With a Canadian General Hospital that has already done a considerable amount of moving about England since its arrival in May are three Canadian women medical officers, as well as a bacteriologist. All four want to go overseas. Meanwhile, in this large unit, they are privileged women. When the nursing sisters eat in their own mess, the four who wear khaki instead of blue use the spacious medical officers' mess and have other rights sacred previously only to men of the medical corp. "The fact that the army has accepted women doctors on equal terms should be a big help to the future of women in the medical profession," Major Violet Rae commented as she bent over a microscope in the hospital's pathology laboratory. Major Rae, who can claim Hamilton, Toronto and Calgary as past homes, is in charge of the laborary and under her the bio-chemical testing is carried out, blood tests are made as well as tissue examinations and the occasional post-mortem. "A lab in a military hospital is never dull," said the kindly, attractive woman doctor. "We don't see many patients, but we have a wide variety of work." Major Rae majored in pathology at the University of Toronto after she completeted her medical training at the University of Alberta in Edmonton. Later, she worked in the lab. at the Mountain Sanitorium, Hamilton. Working with the major was Lieut. Jean Arnot who was before her marriage to Capt. Fred Arnot of the dental corps, was Jean Bonnell of Victoria. Being one of the first women bacteriologists from Canada to served overseas gave Mrs. Arnot a chance to see her husband for the first time in more than a year. Mrs. Arnot was getting ready to move with her hospital unit but she would be followed in the lab by Lieut. Mary Gibson of Vancouver, who also attended U.B.C. at the same time. The fact that Capt. Deborah Hannay of Kitchener was skilled in internal medicine gave her a chance to come to England to carry on her job and see her husband, Capt. John Hannay, after a long separation. She is on the general medical staff. She received her degree at the University of Toronto and later did postgraduate work in England. Capt. Shirley Fleming of Toronto is the anaesthetist here and spends most of her time in the operating rooms. She is also a graduate of the University of Toronto.
[clipping] 4 Oct 1946 [image] Wellesley Doctor Returns Home From Overseas Home on a well-earned furlough, following two years of service with the armed forces overseas, is Capt. Deborah Glaister Hannay, of Wellesley, daughter of Dr. and Mrs. William Glaister. Prior to her enlistment in October, 1942, Capt. Hannay practised medicine with her father in Wellesley and was, for two years, associated with Dr. H.M. Lackner in Kitchener. From Ottawa, where she was medical officer to the Canadian Women's Army Corps, the doctor was sent to Toronto to serve at Chorley Park Miliary Hospital. In May, 1944, she left for England, where she worked with the No. 20 Canadian General Hospital and in December of the same year went to Belgium. The following May, Capt. Hannay worked with No. 1 Canadian General Hospital at Nijmegen, Holland. Her duties at both hospitals consisted chiefly of medical work in the wards, caring for Allied troops. At present she is at her home in Wellesley and as she has not yet been discharged from the army, Capt. Hannay is uncertain about her plans for the future. [note] 30 Apr 1945 WOMEN DOCTORS ON ACTIVE SERVICE Not far behind the front lines the hospitals of the Royal Canadian Army Medical Corps are set up and for the first time in medical history of warfare women doctors are on the staff of medical units serving in active theaters of war. On the left is seen Capt. Deborah Hannay, of Wellesley, Ont., a medical officer with the troops in Belgium. (Seated). A graduate of the University of Toronto, she practised with her father, Dr. William Glaister in Wellesley, later going into partnership with Dr. Harry Lackner in Kitchener, Ont. Her husband is also everseas. He is a Captain of artillery.
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A black index card containing the name, rank, and military history of a soldier of Waterloo County. Card also includes a photograph.
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Item
Soldier First Name
Louis
Soldier Last Name
Hodgson
Rank
Private
Regiment
Royal Canadian Army Medical Corps
Accession Number
WW2_H_043_D1
WW2_H_043_D2
Material Details
Cards
Physical Description
11 cm (W) X 6.8 cm (H)
12.4 cm (W) X 8.3 cm (H) with mat/border
Language
English
Date Range
1939 - 1946
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A black index card containing the name, rank, and military history of a soldier of Waterloo County. Card also includes a photograph.
Name Access
Hodgson, Louis
Subject Access
Military life
Soldiers
World War 1939-1945
Royal Canadian Army Medical Corps
Place
Kitchener
Geographic Access
Kitchener, Ontario
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Hodgson, Louis Private îmage¸ Sept 17, 1942 Pte Louis Hodgson [clipping] Kitchener Record Sept 17, 1942 K-W Soldier says Dieppe Absolute Hell Pte Louis Hodgson injured in attack. Praises Air force Twenty eight days ago a Twin City man worked fevererishly on the battle-swept French coast at Dieppe tending the dying and the wounded as they fell like "flies" under the bombs and shrapnel of the Nazis. A piece of shrapnel got him in the left arm, but the stocky Canuck slapped a dressing on the wound and kept on working. "That's all I could do." he said. Yesterday he arrived home in the Twin City - Pte Louis Hodgson, 23, son of Mr and Mrs Harry Hodgson, 60 King St North, Waterloo. He doesn't know yet how he survived the raid. "It was absolute hell," he said "You've seen pictures in the movies that were fakes but looked pretty awful. Well, it was something like that, only worse." WELCOME ALLY Pte. Hodgson, as an army man, is through kiddin about the air force. The "pigeons" he admits, are a very welcome ally. Crouched down in a barge on the way back from Dieppe he watched their protective wings sheltering the convoy home. "They were just like a complete hood over us." he said "Boy, it was the finest show I ever saw in my life. If it hadn't been for the air force I don't think a man would have been able to get out." Hodgson, a former cubmaster of the 7th Kitchener pack of Cubs, enlisted at Picton Oct 1939 with the Prince Edward Regiment. About a month later he went overseas. For the past two years he served with the medical corps as an instructor in chemical warfare, anatomy and five other subjects. Overseas he held the rank of sergeant biut reverted to the ranks to return home as a conducting orderly. DROPPED LIKE FLIES He was with the medical corps unit that landed with the third wave at Dieppe. Two regiments tried to to get in ahead of them but were driven back. "Then the machine guns went in and opened a way for us." he stated. Hodgson was with the advance dressing station. "Men dropped like flies." he told a Record reporter."And the majority of them went down in a half hour after the first landing." Teferring again to the air force he said. "If they co-operate in the same way in an invasion, it will be a cinch." Pte Hodgson turned to a lighter and more pleasant subject. He told of his marriage overseas and proudly produced a photo of his wife, an attractive, dark-eyed brunette. "You had our picture in the Record." he recalled "but my wife is much better looking than the picture you used." MET AT A DANCE He met her at a dance in the later part of 1940. "I made a date, didn't know whether she'd keep it, turned up half an hour late and she happened to be there." After that he related "nature took its usual course and we got married." Mrs Hodgson is still in England but her husband hopes he can arrange to bring her to Canada soon. Pte Hodgson doesn't know what is in store for himself. He hopes to be an instructor but doesn't know where he'll be posted or what he will do until he reports to headquarters of Military District No 2 Kingston.
Hodgson, Louis Corporal [image] Cpl and Mrs Louis Hodgson [clipping] Feb 18, 1941 Kitchenerite One of First To Join as Well as to WEd Among the first of Canadian soldiers to reach England in the autumn of 1939, Cpl. Lewis (sic) Hodgson of Kitchener is also one of the first Kitchener soldiers to win a wife in England during World War 2. In a letter to his mother, Mrs Harry J Hodgson, 57 Duke St, Cpl Hodgson announces that on Saturday Jan 18 he was married to Miss Elsie Pope of Coventry Gardens, London. Rhewderin, Newport, in South Wales is the place where the newlyweds spent a short honeymoon, because that`s where a younger brother and sister of the bride are living as evacuees. Cpl. Hodgson had been given seven days leave for his wedding. So, according to the letters both bride and groom have written to `Mom`they hustled down to Wales, rented a house for a week and had the bride`s younger brother and sister come to live with them for the week,``Cpl Hodgson write humorously about how `Canada`on his shoulder charmed the railway guards and conductors all the way from Woolwich to Newport, Wales. Obviously `just married`the railwaymen showed them as much special attention as possible. Cpl Hodgson was formally Cub-master of the 7th Kitchener Wolf Cub pack of the Canadian Legion. While working in vaudeville in a New York night club war broke out. He immediately enlisted in the Hastings and Prince Edward Rifle Regiment. A few weeks later he was in England.
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Canadian Army Medical Corps. Pte. Jeffrey was born in Galt Nov. 22, 1919. He attended Central school
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Item
Soldier First Name
William R.
Soldier Last Name
Jeffrey
Rank
n/a
Regiment
Royal Canadian Army Medical Corps
Accession Number
WW2_J_041
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Cards
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11 cm (W) X 6.8 cm (H)
12.4 cm (W) X 8.3 cm (H) with mat/border
Language
English
Date Range
1939 - 1946
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A black index card containing the name, rank, and military history of a soldier of Waterloo County. Card also includes a photograph.
Name Access
Jeffrey, William R.
Subject Access
Military life
Soldiers
World War 1939-1945
Royal Canadian Army Medical Corps
Place
Galt [Hometown]
Geographic Access
Galt, Ontario
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Jeffrey, William R Private [clipping] Sept, 1941 William Robert jeffrey [image] William Robert Jeffrey, son of Mr. and Mrs. W. Jeffrey, 29 Henry St., Galt, is on active service with the Royal Canadian Army Medical Corps. Pte. Jeffrey was born in Galt Nov. 22, 1919. He attended Central school and the Collegiate and before enlisting was employed in the composing room of The Reporter as a printer. His religious denomination is Presbyterian.
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] Major Charles H. Jaimet OVERSEAS – Major Charles H. Jaimet of the Royal Canadian Army Medical Corps
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Item
Soldier First Name
Charles
Soldier Last Name
Jaimet
Rank
Major
Regiment
Royal Canadian Army Medical Corps
Accession Number
WW2_J_001_D1
WW2_J_001_D2
Material Details
Cards
Physical Description
11 cm (W) X 6.8 cm (H)
12.4 cm (W) X 8.3 cm (H) with mat/border
Language
English
Date Range
1939 - 1946
Scope and Content
A black index card containing the name, rank, and military history of a soldier of Waterloo County. Card also includes a photograph.
Name Access
Jaimet, Charles
Subject Access
Military life
Soldiers
World War 1939-1945
Royal Canadian Army Medical Corps
Place
Kitchener
Geographic Access
Kitchener, Ontario
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Jaimet, Charles See also Biehl, Harold V. See also Butler, W.L. [clipping] 11 August 1943 [image] Major Charles H. Jaimet OVERSEAS – Major Charles H. Jaimet of the Royal Canadian Army Medical Corps is now overseas. He is the son of Mr,. J.C. Jaimet Pandora Crescent. [clipping] July 1944 In Invasiom ‘for Anything’ Having wondered for many years how he would face up to the enemy, Major Charles Jaimet has found out. Writing to his parents, Mr. and Mrs. J.C. Jaimet, 232 Pandora Cresc., from his base in France, the young doctor says: “Now I know, and its swell in the knowing . No fun mind you, but something you can never buy nor ever lose…” Taking advantage of brief lulls, Major Jaimet wrote his parents July 14, 16 and 18. SAYS MORALE HIGH He speaks of the high morale and terrific fighting of the Canadians, and the heavy coverage by air. “If you could see what front line fighting is, you would never ask. It is absolute hell. No war, no matter how easy, is fun. People must die to win anything, and when you see that, the loss or win of territory seems pretty unimportant. “Our commanders are playing this fight for keeps, and when they strike it will be 100 per cent and no doubt of the result. This is the ‘get ready’ stage and no matter how long it is, if it makes the actual fight shorter, it is worth it.” The weather, he said, has been unbelievably, persistently atrocious, a factor in the Huns’ favor. He tells of having his first bath in a week, by tilting water out of a bucket suspended from a tree. “It was wonderful,” he wrote. “I felt so weak afterwards I could hardly walk. My hands from all the manual labor seem a bit swollen.” The manual labor is explained in his letter of July 14, in which he mentions having seen Lieut.-Col. John Merritt, son of Mr. and Mrs. R. N. Merritt, who is very near Major Jaimet’s present position. SAYS HANDS BLISTERED “All my friends are well and have given us excellent advice, which has already paid dividends, on how to dig our beds into the ground and how to make slit trenches. Looking at his doctor’s hands, he writes: “I’m afraid my hands are no longer like a physician’s. (They are) blistered and quite dirty from the pick and shovel. The advantage from so much work is that we sleep through most any kind of noise. We are, of course, open for business, too, and are quite busy. “About the war in general, we know very little except what goes on right around us. The morale is high all the way down the line. Of course the Russian news gives us a terrific boost.” The journey over to France, he said was very safe and very quiet. Luxury to the doctor is an air mattress on his cot, which, with his sleeping bag, he said, “is wonderful.” He was able to lget a small gasoline stove on which to heat extra food or water for shaving. He describes the country as dry and dusty and very interesting. It is very much like Ontario, he writes, the farming is excellent and the poppies in the wheat fields are beautiful. In contrast to the hedges of England, huge stone walls surround property. “SPECTACLE BEYOND WORDS’ His letter of July 18 was written at 11:00 a.m. “I write this so early because we are having a breather at the moment,” he explained. “But we never know from one minute to the next when we’ll even have time to eat again. “if you will look back in your daily papers to the events which occurred last night, this morning and are still going on, you will get only a slight idea of what we saw and participated in, on the ground and in the air. It is a spectacle beyond all words. Thank heaven security prevents me from even trying to describe it.” (the major events of July 17-18 included the Allied drive to burst out of the Normandy peninsula, in which the British and Canadian troops battered across the Orne River east and southeast of Caen in a powerful offensive on the road to Paris, and American forces captured the German’s central bastion of St. Lo.) “No,” writes Major Jaimet, “I would not have missed this part of the war for anything. It was worth waiting three years to see. It is soul-cleansing and ego-building beyond belief. I would not, nor could, come home until I’ve seen it through.” In asking his family not to worry he says “I don’t know how to prevent you worrying about me. But in any case you must not. For if we don\t worry, if we enjoy it, then it is silly and superfluous for you to do any different. Isn’t that right?”
Jaimet, Major Charles H. [photograph] [clipping] February 1945 RETURNS Major Charles H. Jaimet of the R.C.A.M.C. is home from overseas and is in Toronto. He is a son of Mr. and Mrs. J.C. Jaimet, Pandora Crescent. He is expected here late next week.
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A black index card containing the name, rank, and military history of a soldier of Waterloo County. Card also includes a photograph.
  1 document
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Item
Soldier First Name
Helen "Hyla"
Soldier Last Name
Kerr
Rank
Lieutenant
Regiment
Royal Canadian Army Medical Corps
Accession Number
WW2_K_054
Material Details
Cards
Physical Description
11 cm (W) X 6.8 cm (H)
12.4 cm (W) X 8.3 cm (H) with mat/border
Language
English
Date Range
1939 - 1946
Scope and Content
A black index card containing the name, rank, and military history of a soldier of Waterloo County. Card also includes a photograph.
Name Access
Kerr, Helen "Hyla"
Subject Access
Military life
Soldiers
World War 1939-1945
Royal Canadian Army Medical Corps
Place
Preston [Hometown]
Geographic Access
Preston, Ontario
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Kerr, Helen [clipping] [image] Helen Kerr [clipping] Preston June 1943 Helen Kerr Lieut. Helen "Hyla" Kerr, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. A. M. Kerr, Hamilton Street, Preston, is overseas with the R.C.A.M.C. A native of Preston, Miss Kerr attended school in Preston and Galt and the University of Toronto. She was engaged as a physiotherapist before being commissioned in the army medical corps. She is the second Preston girl to go overseas.
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A black index card containing the name, rank, and military history of a soldier of Waterloo County. Card also includes a photograph.
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Item
Soldier First Name
John L.
Soldier Last Name
Kinsman
Rank
Captain
Regiment
Royal Canadian Army Medical Corps
Accession Number
WW2_K_083
Material Details
Cards
Physical Description
11 cm (W) X 6.8 cm (H)
12.4 cm (W) X 8.3 cm (H) with mat/border
Language
English
Date Range
1939 - 1946
Scope and Content
A black index card containing the name, rank, and military history of a soldier of Waterloo County. Card also includes a photograph.
Name Access
Kinsman, John L.
Subject Access
Military life
Soldiers
World War 1939-1945
Royal Canadian Army Medical Corps
Place
Galt [Hometown]
Geographic Access
Galt, Ontario
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A black index card containing the name, rank, and military history of a soldier of Waterloo County. Card also includes a photograph.
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Item
Soldier First Name
Reginald
Soldier Last Name
Kirby
Rank
Private
Regiment
Royal Canadian Army Medicals Corps
Accession Number
WW2_K_085
Material Details
Cards
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11 cm (W) X 6.8 cm (H)
12.4 cm (W) X 8.3 cm (H) with mat/border
Language
English
Date Range
1939 - 1946
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A black index card containing the name, rank, and military history of a soldier of Waterloo County. Card also includes a photograph.
Name Access
Kirby, Reginald
Subject Access
Military life
Soldiers
World War 1939-1945
Royal Canadian Army Medicals Corps
Place
Kitchener
Geographic Access
Kitchener, Ontario
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A black index card containing the name, rank, and military history of a soldier of Waterloo County. Card also includes a photograph.
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Soldier First Name
Margaret
Soldier Last Name
Klassen
Rank
Lieutenant
Regiment
Royal Canadian Army Medical Corps
Accession Number
WW2_K_100
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Cards
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11 cm (W) X 6.8 cm (H)
12.4 cm (W) X 8.3 cm (H) with mat/border
Language
English
Date Range
1939 - 1946
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A black index card containing the name, rank, and military history of a soldier of Waterloo County. Card also includes a photograph.
Name Access
Klassen, Margaret
Subject Access
Military life
Soldiers
World War 1939-1945
Royal Canadian Army Medical Corps
Place
New Hamburg
Geographic Access
New Hamburg, Ontario
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Klassen, Margaret see also Macklin, Alice [clipping] 13 Dec 1943 Kitchener Nursing Sister Back Home From Overseas Margaret Klassen Weds Major Wm. Armstrong While in England; Enjoys Shipboard Delicacies Wearing a very feminine apron over her nursing sister's uniform, Lieut. Margaret Armstrong was busy unpacking at her Water Street South apartment today. The first Kitchener army nurse to return from England, she surprised her girl friends, with whom she shares the apartment, by walking in on them last night. There was little point in sending a wire, she smiled. She'd have reached home a week before it would have been received. Serving in No. 10 Canadian General Hospital in an unnamed centre in England, she said she had little use for the tin helmet and respirator which are part of her luggage. The town was subjected to a few raids in November, but the summer was very quiet. London and the coastal towns received more attention. Family and business life is carried on much as usual, she noticed. After a raid, the rubble is cleared away, repairs made, and “business as usual” is continued. As other recently returned service people, Nursing Sister Armstrong paid tribute to the calm of the British. They don't appear to be suffering from nervous disorders, she said. In fact, she believes their nerves are steadier than those of Canadians. There is plenty of food. “It just isn't as interesting as it might be, ” she qualified. The delicacies on shipboard were a treat. “I think I must have gained five pounds on the trip over, ” she laughed. “We do miss things like grapefruit and steak. “It was a shock to learn that things were rationed in Canada, ” declared the tall nurse with the quiet, steady voice. “Butter, sugar, meat; but not as severely as in England. Those are really scarce. BROTHER OVERSEAS Lieut. Armstrong returned from England exactly a year to the day she sailed. During her service there she married Major William Armstrong, of the South Lancastershire Regiment of the British Army. Her home-coming to Kitchener and New Hamburg meant leaving both a husband and a brother, David, who serves with the Provost Corps Margaret is the daughter of Mrs. Margaret Klassen and the late Henry Klassen of New Hamburg. There are at least ten graduate nurses from Kitchener serving with the No. 10 Canadian General Hospital unit. Sgt. Eugene Fehrenbach, postmaster, enjoys conducting a large choir between sorting mail, and playing a baby grand piano at church services. The staff is well, she said, and happy. While the hospital is usually a busy place, they haven't had to carry the number of patients for which it is equipped. Cases for the most part are Canadian men suffering from colds, accidents sustained in sham battles, Sicily-sustained wounds, and blackout accidents. “The blackouts are really black, ” stated Mrs. Armstrong. Motorcyclists frequently have injuries. But it's marvellous how you can get along. ” The voyage to Canada was uneventful. It was very pleasant, in fact, with only life-boat drills to remind the passengers that peril abounded in the air and sea. The water was rough, but not stormy. She found she was a fair sailor with the exception of one night. No one is allowed on deck after blackout, she said, and blackout curtains not only exclude light but air. The result is the rooms are very stuffy, and passengers are at a disadvantage. Lieut. Armstrong's plans are indefinite. She is at present on leave, and expects to hear from headquarters soon.
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