During the First World War, several women from what’s now known as the City of Kawartha Lakes embarked on a bold adventure: going overseas to serve in the Armed Forces as Nursing Sisters. For some, it was the farthest they’ve ever been from home and in many ways it was a lonely, harrowing and somber experience. We know this based on letters these nursing sisters wrote and sent back home.
The Victoria County Historical Society recently uncovered those letters published in a local newspaper, and this year for Remembrance Day organized a church service honouring the memory of those nursing sisters.
In this segment, we hear from Ian McKechnie, curatorial assistant for the Victoria County Historical Society, and Hayley Webster, a Grade 9 student reading a letter penned by nursing sister Winifred Hardy.