Nurses of World War I: Lenora Herrington

Lenora Herrington was born at the farm house near Ameliasburgh, Prince Edward County on July 17, 1873 daughter of Stillman Herrington and Caroline Morden. Her father later established himself at his farm in Belleville on the south side of Bridge Street West, opposite Sinclair Street.

Herrington property in Ameliasburgh

She was educated locally and was a graduate of the Nursing School at the Winnipeg General Hospital in 1912. Miss Herrington enlisted in the Canadian Army Medical Corps on May 5, 1915 at Kingston.

Height: 5’ 5”

Weight:  160lb

Age: 41 (stated age: 40)

Nursing Sister Herrington served in military hospitals in England and Etaples, France; on September 24, 1918 she was one of the first Canadian women to receive the Military Medal. She was Night Superintendent of No. 1 Canadian General Hospital on the night of the raid in June 1918 and was largely responsible by her personal example of courage for the maintenance of discipline and efficiency throughout that awful night; only 9 such medals were awarded to nurses. This was an exceptional recognition coming so soon after suffragettes had been marching on the streets for women’s rights and when military authorities had no vision that women would ever come under enemy fire. Miss Herrington returned to Canada setting sail on May 23, 1919 aboard the S.S. Megantic and was discharged on December 31, 1919. After the War she nursed at Sydenham Hospital, a military institution in Kingston and when the hospital burned down went to California for some time. She lived the retired life in Napanee with her brother Walter Stevens Herrington, a prominent lawyer at 220 Dundas Street West.

220 Dundas Street West, Napanee

Lenora Herrington died in Kingston on November 16, 1960 aged 87 years 3 months 29 days. She is interred at the Riverside Cemetery in Napanee Section C2.

Herrington headstone in Napanee