Each Wednesday we will highlight the women of the First World War. Today: Florence Mary Kelly
Nursing Sisters were an extremely vital part of Canada’s First World War efforts. Florence Mary Kelly of Summerside, PEI, born in December 1876, enlisted in April 1916. Nurses faced extremely difficult working conditions, and after the Battle of Vimy Ridge, Nurse Kelly looked after hundreds of patients in the 3rd Canadian Stationary Hospital.
Nursing sisters that took ill themselves often had a notation of ‘general debility’ – they were worn out physically and mentally. Nurse Kelly was diagnosed with debility on May 1, 1917 and spent three months recovering in England. She returned to France and continued service until the end of the war. In August 1919 she returned to Canada as part of the general demobilization and was discharged from service.
You can download her full service file from Library and Archives Canada here.