Nurses of World War I: Hattie May Mastin

Hattie May Mastin was born at Deseronto on July 31, 1888 daughter of Melbourne Mastin and Jane Bruin.

She was educated locally, moved with her family to Belleville about 1908 and began her professional career as a clerk working at McIntosh Brothers; she was living with her family at 242 George Street prior to the War. Miss Mastin was a graduate of the Nursing School at Belleville in 1915 and enlisted in the Canadian Army Medical Corps on January 9, 1916 at Kingston.

242 George Street, Belleville

Height:  5’ 6”

Weight:  138lb

Age: 27 (stated age: 26)

Nursing Sister Mastin served with the military hospital in Belleville for seven weeks, then with the No. 7 Canadian General Hospital at Le Treport, France; she was admitted to the Sister’s Convalescent Home in Hardelot in October 1916 for treatment of pleurodynia and later served in England. Hattie returned to Canada setting sail on July 5, 1919 aboard the S.S. Carmania and was discharged on July 15, 1919. She engaged in private duty nursing in Belleville, was employed at St. Mary’s Hospital in Rochester, Minnesota and then engaged in private duty nursing in California. Widowed by the death of her husband Bruce Gould in 1945, she was united in marriage to Byrne McLennan on April 15, 1953.

Hattie May McLennan died at Oshawa on January 2, 1968 aged 79 years 5 months 1 day. She is interred at the Belleville Cemetery Section N, Row 14 Grave 37.