Nursing Sister Katherine Maud Mary MacDonald

Nursing Sister Katherine Maud Mary MacDonald

Brantford, Brant County Municipality, Ontario, Canada
Death 19 May 1918 (aged 32)
Etaples, Departement du Pas-de-Calais, Nord-Pas-de-Calais, France
Burial Etaples, Departement du Pas-de-Calais, Nord-Pas-de-Calais, France
Plot XXVIII. L. 8.
Memorial ID 30719615 · View Source
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She served with the 1st Canadian General Hospital-she was the first Canadian nursing sister to be killed in action during the First World War, killed during a raid made by hostile aircraft on No. 1 General Hospital, Etaples, on the night of May 19th, 1918. Sixty-six patients and staff perished, including two other Canadian Nursing Sisters, Nursing Sister Margaret LOWE and Nursing Sister Gladys Maude Mary WAKE, who died of injuries sustained in this attack.

Military Service:-
Rank: Nursing Sister (Lieutenant)
Age: 31
Force: Army
Unit: Canadian Army Nursing Service
Division: 1st Canadian Gen. Hosp.

Daughter of Mary Maud (née Johnston) MacDonald and the late Angus MacDonald of Brantford, Ontario [father born in Nova Scotia; mother born in Ireland]; sister of Florence Ellinor (MacDonald) Phillips.

Nursing Sister Katherine Maud MacDonald is commemorated on Page 456 of Canada's First World War Book of Remembrance.
She is also remembered with honour at the Brant County War Memorial, the British Columbia I. Memorial Tablet, the Grace Anglican Church and the 'Katherine Maud MacDonald' Chapter of the I.O.D.E.

MacDonald, Katherine Maud (Nursing Sister)
-German Frightfulness Again Vented on Wounded Soldiers and Their Attendants – Teuton Flyers "Did Not See" Red Cross Sign, But Say its Hospitals are Near Railways British Must Expect to Get Them Bombed
-A Brantford nurse, Nursing Sister Katherine Maud MacDonald, whose mother and sister, Miss Florence MacDonald, chief operator of the Bell Telephone Company here, was among the nursing sisters who were victims of the Hun "frightfulness" raid on British hospitals behind the lines on Sunday last, when hundreds of wounded soldiers and members of the hospital personnel's were casualties. Official word was received by Mrs. M.M. MacDonald, the mother, this morning from the Director of Record, Ottawa, the message being:
-Mrs. M.M. MacDonald, 165 Market Street, Brantford. – Deeply regret to inform you Nursing Sister Katherine Maude MacDonald, Medical Services, officially reported killed in action May 19, 1918 – Director of Records.
-In view of the fact that the great German raid on British hospitals took place on Sunday, May 19, as officially reported today, there is little doubt that she was one of the victims of the Hun devilishness. The office is a flagrant one, being in defiance of all moral and international law.
-Miss MacDonald was a graduate of Victoria Hospital, London. She nursed privately here for some time, and then went to the London Military Hospital, where she served for some time.
-A year ago last Easter she went to England, and after military nursing there, was sent to France in the spring of this year.

**British Columbia** May 23, 1918
MacDonald, Katherine Maud (Nursing Sister)
Nursing Sister Killed in Action
-Mrs. MacDonald, 165 Market Street, this morning received the sad news that her daughter Nursing Sister Katherine M. MacDonald was killed in action on May 19.
-Miss MacDonald, who had been at the front for some time is the first Brantford nurse to make the supreme sacrifice, and her parents and friends will have the sympathy of the entire community in the loss of a noble specimen of Canadian womanhood, and an innocent victim of Hun kultur. It is believed that Miss MacDonald lost her life in the bombing of British hospitals reported from the western front today.

**British Columbia** May 24, 1918
MacDonald, Katherine Maud (Nursing Sister) – Editorial
Her Life for the Cause
-Brantfordites have had the wanton ruthlessness of the Hun still further brought home to them by the killing in France of nursing sister Katherine M. MacDonald of this city. She left for the front last year on her errand of mercy for the alleviation of the suffering, of the maimed and the dying, her ministrations undoubtedly teaching many of the Teuton breed. She has fallen on the field of battle, on behalf of the cause of human liberty, just as surely as those who have given their lives on the firing line, and her name will rank with the other heroines who have demonstrated their loyalty and self-sacrifice in the time of stress.
-From the time of Florence Nightingale until the present there has been a glorious galaxy of them, whose names are written high on the imperishable scroll of honor. Her fate has proved one more illustration of the insatiate deviltry of the Hun, who finds just as much delight in slaying those engaged in deeds of mercy as in the destruction of women and children by air raids and the submarine. The bereaved family has at least the consolation of knowing that she received the summons home at a time when she was doing what she could do.

**Brantford Courier** May 25, 1918
MacDonald, Katherine Maud (Nursing Sister)
Killed in Action – Nurse Gives Her Life
-As recorded in the Courier Thursday, Nursing Sister Katharine Maud MacDonald was killed on May 19, Sunday last. Word to this effect has been received by her mother, Mrs. M.M. MacDonald, 165 Market Street. Miss MacDonald is the first Brantford nurse to make the supreme sacrifice.
-Born and educated here, Miss MacDonald was a graduate nurse of Victoria Hospital, London, and early in the war became attached to the military barracks hospital staff there. She
went overseas at Easter of 1917 and crossed to the front in January of this year, becoming attached to No. 1 Canadian General Hospital. It is believed that she met her death in a German air attack on the hospital made in direct contravention of international and moral-law.
-Miss MacDonald was a member of Grace Church, and leaves her mother and one sister, Miss Florence E. MacDonald in addition to a host of friends, who will long cherish the memory of one who gave her life in a labor of love and mercy.

MacDonald, Katherine Maud (Nursing Sister)
Monument For Canadian Nurses
-The first Canadian nurse killed by the enemy in France was a young woman from Brantford. Her mother and sister still reside in our city forming one of the most respected families in the neighborhood. Her heroism in attending the wounded and dying and her tragic death received royal recognition. We submit that a national monument to Nurse Maud MacDonald should be erected in Brantford. Appeals for subscriptions could be made in all parts of the Dominion, and that there would be a liberal response from sympathetic people there is no doubt. We would recommend that your committee be given power to take necessary proceedings for the erection of such a memorial.

**BRANTFORD EXPOSITOR** November 18, 1922
MacDonald, Katherine Maud (Nursing Sister)
The Maud MacDonald Chapter
-The Maud MacDonald Chapter was named in memory of Nursing Sister Maud MacDonald of Brantford, who was killed during the Great War. The chapter therefore chose as its motto "Carry On," and the members are endeavoring to carry on their work along the lines, in which she was most interested. They donated the greater part of their allotted quota of the National War Memorial.
-Much appreciation has been expressed for their regular visiting and gifts to the soldiers at the Mountain Sanatorium. The kiddies at the Brant Sanatorium have come to regard the chapter in the same light as a Santa Claus. The chapter also helped furnish the staff residence. Treats have been taken to the Brantford General Hospital; help has been given to civic and foreign relief and interest actively taken in local and national educational work. Annual prizes have been presented to the entrance classes in the public schools on Empire Day and libraries have been sent to the West. On the whole, the chapter's objective is to make the work profitable and interesting to its members. Money wherewith to carry on has been raised by serving at the Rotary luncheons, holding dances, putting on plays, talent shows and by working in cooperation with other organizations.

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