Nurses of World War I: Edith Alma Graham

Edith Alma Graham was born at the farm house on Concession 3, Lot 19 Thurlow Township, Belleville on October 18, 1880 daughter of William Graham and Martha Elliott.

When a young girl the family moved to Lodgeroom about 8 miles west of Tweed, where she spent her early years. After attending the local school she trained for the nursing profession in New York City and graduated the Nursing School there about 1914. When the First World War broke out she enlisted in the Canadian Army Medical Corps on March 18, 1917 at Kingston.

Edith Alma Graham (from kimba459 on Ancestry)

Height:  5’8”

Weight: 135lb

Age: 36 (stated age: 31)

Nursing Sister Graham served with the Canadian General Hospital at Basingstoke, and Westenhanger, England and the No. 1 and 8th Canadian Stationary Hospitals in France; later she served at the Duchess of Connaught Canadian Red Cross Hospital at Taplow, England where Canadian and American soldiers recovered after release from hospitals. Miss Graham returned to Canada setting sail on May 23, 1919 aboard the S.S. Megantic and was discharged on June 5, 1919. She nursed in the United States for many years before returning to Tweed.

Edith Alma Graham died on May 4, 1959 aged 78 years 6 months 16 days. She is interred at the Victoria and St. James Anglican Cemetery, Tweed Section NOTE, Row 001.