Meghan Cameron currently teaches history, social science and civics at Brantford Collegiate Institute. As a member of the GWCA, she has developed an appreciation for her city through its rich history. With this in mind, she decided to focus on individual nursing sisters as a way to appreciate their collective efforts in the Great War.
Much has been written on nursing sisters in the Canadian Expeditionary Force and the role of women has been emphasized as an important aspect of Total Warfare in the First World War. However, the individual contributions of Brantford’s nursing sisters remain to be explored in any depth. This lecture is an attempt to begin to recognize the important role of nursing sisters from Brantford, Brant County and Six Nations in the Great War.
Routinely known as the first Canadian nursing sister to be killed by enemy fire in the First World War, Katherine Maud Macdonald’s history goes far beyond the circumstances of her death. Cameron uses primary sources and local community resources to explore the life and service of Katherine Maud Macdonald. This is the first of many profiles of the local women closest to the 'front line' in the First World War.