Nurses of World War I: Lilly Naomi Gray

Lilly Naomi Gray was born at Beaurepaire, Quebec on October 29, 1881 daughter of George Gray and Jeanie Heron.

She was educated locally, was a graduate of the Nursing School at the Montreal General Hospital on January 6, 1913 and received her Certificate of Military Instruction from the Divisional School of Instruction on March 29, 1915 at Quebec City. Miss Gray enlisted in the Canadian Army Medical Corps on April 22, 1915 at Montreal.

Height:  5’ 5”

Weight: 125lb

Age: 33 (stated age: 31)

Nursing Sister Gray served at military hospitals in Etaples and Camiers, France and later at Shorncliffe and Eastbourne, England; she was awarded the Royal Red Cross award, 2nd Class in June 1918. She returned to Canada setting sail on February 8, 1919 aboard the S.S. Metagama and was discharged on March 4, 1919. Miss Gray subsequently worked at the Tuberculosis Sanatorium in Fort Qu’Appelle, Saskatchewan, at the Contagious Disease Hospital in Philadelphia and was on staff of the Henry Street Settlement in New York City. Later she served with the Victorian Order of Nurses in Montreal and Renfrew and in 1928 was appointed as Superintendent of the Order in Belleville before removing to Winnipeg, Manitoba.

Lilly Naomi Gray died in Ottawa on February 19, 1967 aged 85 years 3 months 20 days. She is interred with her parents at the Mount Royal Cemetery in Montreal Section E, Lot 183. There is no grave marker for Lilly.

Grave marker for Lilly’s parents in Mount Royal Cemetery, Montreal