Nurses of World War I: Mabel Helen Taylor

Mabel Helen Taylor was born near Corby’s Mill on the 4th Concession, Lot 8 in Corbyville on Aug 28, 1880 daughter of William Taylor and Elspeth Gordon. In her attestation papers she listed Belleville as her place of birth but her father managed the Distillery for Hon. Henry Corby’s business and they lived adjacent to the Mill.

Mabel Helen Taylor

She was educated locally, was a graduate of the Nursing School at the Hamilton City Hospital about 1914 and received her Certificate of Military Qualification at the Niagara on the Lake Camp on July 14, 1915. Miss Taylor was on staff of the Hamilton Military Hospital and enlisted in the Canadian Army Medical Corps on Aug 7, 1916.

Height:  5’ 8”

Weight:  131lb

Age: 35 (stated age: 30)

Nursing Sister Taylor went overseas in July 1918, served at the hospitals in Shorncliffe and London, England and was admitted to the Canadian Red Cross Officer’s Hospital in London in Feb 1919 with influenza. She returned to Canada, setting sail on May 3, 1919 aboard the S.S. Royal George and was discharged on May 20, 1919. Engaged in private duty nursing in Toronto, Miss Taylor was united in marriage to Veteran Francis Oliver Lucas on June 28, 1922; they resided at 27 Whitehall Road.

Mabel Helen Lucas died on Feb 25, 1951 aged 70 years 5 months 27 days. She is interred at the Belleville Cemetery Section N Row 11 Grave 4.

Mabel Taylor grave marker