Nurses of World War I: Gladys Hope Sewell

Gladys Hope Sewell was born at Belleville on September 24, 1892 daughter of Reginald Sewell and Clara Henderson.

Gladys Hope Sewell

She was educated locally, was a graduate of the Nursing School at the Royal Victoria Hospital in Montreal in 1914 and graduated from the Divisional School of Military Instruction on March 29, 1915 in Quebec City. She enlisted in the Canadian Army Medical Corps on April 22, 1915 in Montreal and listed her mother’s residence as 205 Charles Street.

205 Charles Street, Belleville

Height:  5’ 8”

Weight:  128lb

Age: 22 (stated age: 23)

Nursing Sister Sewell served with the No. 3 Canadian General Hospital in Camiers, France and at the military hospital in Orpington, England where she met her future husband. Miss Sewell was united in marriage to veteran Dr. James Wells Ross O.B.E. on August 25, 1915 in St. John’s Church, World’s End, Chelsea, England and resigned her commission on September 4, 1915; she was awarded the Victory Medal (see her photos and medals through the Canadian Letters & Images Project). Dr. Ross was a graduate of the University of Toronto and served with the Canadian Expeditionary Force as a Field Officer of the Canadian Horse Artillery. Following discharge he trained in surgery at the Mayo Clinic for three years and then entered practice in Toronto.

Gladys Hope Ross died in Toronto on February 3, 1933 aged 40 years 4 months 9 days. She is interred at St. James Cemetery Section APS Lot 39 Grave C.

Ross headstone