Nurses of World War I: Nonie Winnifred Milburn

Nonie Winnifred Milburn was born at Belleville on September 7, 1873 daughter of Edward Milburn and Isabella Benjamin. The father of our subject was a teacher and served as principal of the Belleville High School from 1894 to 1908; he was a life-long friend of Sir William Osler. She lived with her parents at 216 Charles Street and maintained that address for the duration.

House at 216 Charles Street, Belleville

She was educated locally and was probably a graduate of the Nursing School at the Dr. John Lee Private Hospital in Rochester, N.Y. about 1909; following graduation she remained in the employ of the Hospital.

Miss Milburn enlisted in the Canadian Army Medical Corps on February 19, 1917 at Kingston.

Height: 5’ 4”

Weight:  142lb

Age: 43 (stated age: 33)

Nursing Sister Milburn served in military hospitals in England including Westenhanger, Brighton, Buxton and Shorncliffe and at St. Claud, France. Here she was bothered by recurrent sciatica and was hospitalized for treatment and later treated for influenza at Kinmel Park Medical Hospital. She returned to Canada setting sail aboard the S.S. Celtic on July 3, 1919 and was discharged on July 15, 1919. Miss Milburn worked at the Belleville Hospital for some years after her return.

Nonie Winnifred Milburn died at Kingston on February 20, 1963 aged 89 years 5 months 13 days. She is interred at the Belleville Cemetery Section K Row 7 Grave 3.