Nurses of World War I: Minnie Pearl McBride

Minnie Pearl McBride was born at the farm house near Selby, Camden East on February 18, 1891 daughter of Nelson McBride and Elizabeth Waddell.

She was educated locally, moved with her family to Humboldt, Saskatchewan in 1907 and graduated from the Nursing School at Belleville in 1914. There were seven in her graduating class for a total of sixty graduates to date. Miss McBride enlisted in the Canadian Army Medical Corps on May 5, 1915.

Height:  5’ 6”

Weight:  N/A

Age: 24

Nursing Sister McBride served in the military hospitals at Étaples and Étretat, France before becoming disabled and invalided to England in September 1915. Miss McBride resigned her commission on January 21, 1916 and returned to Canada. She was united in marriage to Frederick Neelin at Selby on October 1, 1916 and resided at 28 Chamberlain Avenue in Toronto.

Minnie Pearl Neelin’s house in Toronto

Mr. Neelin died in 1937 and Minnie continued to work for over 20 years as a nurse; later she lived the retired life in Belleville.

Minnie Pearl Neelin died in Belleville on September 12, 1985 aged 94 years 6 months 24 days. She is interred at Prospect Cemetery in Toronto, Section 23, Lot 106.

Neelin headstone in Prospect Cemetery