Nurses of World War I: Lylia Miller Drummond

Lylia Miller Drummond was born at the farm house on Concession 9, Lot 15, Keene, Ontario on May 16, 1886, daughter of James Drummond and Christiana McDougall.

Map of Otonabee Township
Map of Otonabee Township, Peterborough County, Ontario, 1879

She was educated locally and was a graduate of the Nursing School in Belleville in 1910. Miss Drummond established herself at Bloomingfield Bridge-of-Allan, Scotland and enlisted in the Canadian Army Medical Corps at London, England on October 7, 1916.

Height:  5’ 2”

Weight: 108lb

Age: 30

Nursing Sister Drummond served in military hospitals in Ramsgate, London, Brighton and Eastbourne England. She returned to Canada setting sail on March 19, 1919 aboard the S.S. Melita, was discharged on April 22, 1919 and continued her nursing career in Belleville. Later, she was doing private nursing duty in Rochester, Minnesota before returning to Canada. Miss Drummond was united in marriage on November 27, 1942 at Keene to Robert Plunkett, a widowed farmer.

Lylia Miller Plunkett died at the Peterborough Civic Hospital on September 3, 1961 aged 75 years 3 months 17 days. She is interred at Fife’s Cemetery, Otonabee Township, Peterborough County, Section B.

Lylia Plunkett grave marker