Nurses of World War I: Emily Alexander Stewart

Emily Alexander Stewart was born in Belleville on April 12, 1886 daughter of David Stewart and Hannah Lister, daughter of Dr. James Lister of Belleville. The father of our subject was a lawyer in Belleville and later in Madoc where he was well known in the mining industry and was the owner of the Feigel Gold Mine, among others.

She was educated locally, immigrated to New York City in 1909 and was a graduate from the Manhattan N.Y. Hospital Nursing School about 1912. Miss Stewart enlisted in the Canadian Army Medical Corps in London, England on May 8, 1916.

Height:  5’ 6”

Weight: 130lb

Age: 30 (stated age: 29)

Nursing Sister Stewart served at the Westcliffe Eye & Ear Hospital in Folkestone, at Shorncliffe, England and Boulogne, France. She was ill and 3 times hospitalized for diagnoses including appendicitis, influenza and bronchitis. She returned to Canada setting sail on May 13, 1919 aboard the S.S. Northland and was discharged on May 25, 1919; she received decorations for her War effort including the British War and Victory Medals. Miss Stewart followed the practice of her profession in New York and, widowed by the death of her husband Frederick Wilson, was united in marriage to Rev. Louis Albert Buckley, resided in Kitchener, Ontario, removing to her native city on the death of her husband.

Emily Alexander Buckley died in Belleville on Dec 19, 1971 aged 85 years 8 months 7 days. She is interred at the Belleville Cemetery Section L Row 5 Grave 7.

Emily Stewart’s grave marker