Nurses of World War I: Jean Kathleen Boyce

Jean Kathleen Boyce was born in Grafton, Ontario on June 11, 1889 daughter of Dr. Walter William Boyce and Jessie McKenzie.
She removed to Belleville with her family in 1894 when her father relocated his medical practice. Educated locally, Miss Boyce was a graduate of the Nursing School at the Toronto General Hospital in 1916 and enlisted in the Canadian Army Medical Corps in Kingston on March 12, 1917.

Height: 5’ 4”

Weight: 116lb

Stated age: 25 (actual: 27)

The converted indoor tennis court at Cliveden, the Duchess of Connaught Canadian Red Cross Hospital (photo from the Grace B. Waters albums)

Nursing Sister Boyce served at the Duchess of Connaught Canadian Red Cross Hospital at Taplow, England. She returned to Canada on transport duty, setting sail on June 4, 1918 aboard the ill-fated Llandovery Castle which was later sunk off the Irish coast by a German submarine. She served at Hospitals in Kingston, Montreal and at the Cobourg Military Hospital where she was admitted for diphtheria. Miss Boyce was discharged on April 30, 1920 and was united in marriage to Harold Fisher on September 1, 1923.

The couple resided in Belleville but following the death of her father in 1935, Mrs. Fisher, then a widow, removed to be near her children in Fonthill, Ontario.

Jean Kathleen Fisher died on December 12, 1965 aged 76 years 6 months 1 day. She is interred at the Belleville Cemetery Section M, Row 15, Grave 3E.