Nurses of World War I: Agnes Foley Dick

Agnes Foley Dick was born in Lochgelly, Scotland on May 3, 1891 daughter of Elizabeth Dick. Elizabeth was the daughter of William and Jane Dick, born in 1861 and married George Oliver in 1883 but was abandoned by him shortly thereafter. When her daughter was born she named her after her mother Jane and stated that George Oliver was not the father; on March 15, 1892 she petitioned to have her daughter’s name changed to Agnes Foley Dick.

Miss Dick immigrated to Canada on May 24, 1911 and was a graduate of the Nursing School in Belleville in 1917. She established herself in Toronto where she enlisted in the Canadian Army Medical Corps on January 24, 1918.

Height:  5’ 2”

Weight:  136lb

Age: 26

Knox College (later Spadina Military Hospital), Spadina Avenue, north of College Street, between 1889 and 1918. Photo by Galbraith Photo Company. City of Toronto Archives, Fonds 1587, Series 409, Item 47.

Nursing Sister Dick served at the Davisville Military Orthopaedic Hospital, the Spadina Military and Base Hospital in Toronto. Over the course of her military career she was hospitalized a half dozen times at Toronto, Burlington and St. Catherines with influenza and anaemia and was given a disability discharge on August 31, 1919.

Agnes Dick continued to work as a nurse in Toronto following her discharge and would make frequent visits to the United States; it is unknown where she settled or when she died.