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>More than 2,800 nurses served in the Canadian Army Medical Corps (CAMC), as fully-enlisted officers in the specially-created all female rank of Nursing Sister, with relative rank and equal pay to men – the first women among the Allied forces to do so. Nicknamed “bluebirds” because of their blue uniforms and white veils, Canada’s nursing sisters saved lives by caring for wounded and sick soldiers as well as convalescents, prisoners of war, and even civilians on occasion.
>Of the 2,845 Canadian nursing sisters who served, at least 58 died as a result of enemy fire, disease, or drowning during the war. On two occasions in 1918, CAMC hospitals in Europe were hit by enemy bombers and several nurses were killed in the line of duty. On 27 June 1918, a German U-Boat torpedoed and sank the Canadian hospital ship, the Llandovery Castle. All 14 nurses on board were killed.
Heritage Minute about Eden Pringle, a nursing sister who was killed when her field hospital was bombed by a German plane in 1918
Here’s a picture of Eden