Nurses of World War I: Vera Harrison Prindle

Vera Harrison Prindle was born at the farm house near Tweed on February 16, 1891 daughter of Silas Prindle and Deborah Harrison. The father of our subject was of United Empire Loyalist stock and served as clerk for the Township of Hungerford for over two decades.

She was educated locally and was a graduate of the Nursing School at Belleville in 1916. Miss Prindle enlisted in the Canadian Army Medical Corps on May 5, 1917 at Kingston.

Vera Harrison Prindle (left) on leave in Ireland (photo courtesy of Belleville General Hospital Archives)

Height:  5’ 4”

Weight: 113lb

Age: 26

Nursing Sister Prindle served in the military hospitals in Taplow, Buxton, Westenhanger, Orpington and Granville, England; Vera was hospitalized in January 1919 with influenza. She returned to Canada setting sail on September 6, 1919 aboard the S.S. Orduna and was discharged on September 15, 1919. Miss Prindle was united in marriage on December 17, 1919 to Veteran Joseph Edward Chappell. Mrs. Chappell was engaged in private duty nursing at Thomasburg where she lived most of her life; she passed at Hastings Manor in Belleville.

Vera Harrison Chappell died on February 24, 1967 aged 76 years 8 days. She is interred at the Thomasburg Cemetery West Section Row 3 Grave 303.

Grave marker for Vera and her husband.