CEF Soldier Detail

Nursing Sister Edna Mabel Auger
Died: May 2, 1932

Regimental Number:
NA
Survived War:
Yes
Force:
Army
Regiment:
Canadian Army Medical Corps
Battalion:
Canadian Army Medical Corps
Company:
Place of Birth:
Chatham, Kent County, Ontario
Country:
Canada
Next of Kin:
Mrs. Jas Fleming (sister) Medicine Hat, Alberta
Address at Enlistment:
871 1st Ave, Medicine Hat, Alberta, Canada
Date of Birth:
December 25, 1882
Trade or Calling:
nurse
Marital Status:
Single
Prior Military Experience:
No
Place of Enlistment:
Shorncliffe Camp, Kent, England
Date of Enlistment:
September 2, 1915
Age at enlistment:
32
Height:
5 Feet 3 Inches
Chest:
30 Inches
Expansion:
31 1/2 Inches
Religion:
Presbyterian
Enlisted or Conscripted:
Enlisted
Saw service in:
Europe    
Cause of Death:
Survived
Battle Died/Wounded:
Date of Death:
May 2, 1932
Age at Death:
49
Buried at:
Hillside Cemetery Medicine Hat, Alberta, Canada
Plot:
Section B, Block 116G, Plot 2, Lot 3,
Commemorated:
 
Prisoner of war:
No
Interned:
Gender:
Female
Ethnic Origin:
Caucasian
LAC Reference: RG 150, Accession 1992-93/166, Box 1Box 304-5
Research Notes

On May 19, 1918,  15 German AEG bombers from Boghol 6 (Bomber Squadron 6) of the Imperial German Army Air Force [1]attacked a bridge over the River Canche in Étaples and both #1 and #7 Canadian Hospitals were hit.  The nurses' quarters of #1 Canadian General sustained a direct hit, scattering debris and setting it on fire. Sixty-six Canadians were killed including three Canadian army nurses.  Edna Auger was awarded the Red Cross Second Class, one of the highest honours given by that organization, for carrying 5 wounded patients out of the burning hospital, a supreme feat as she was only 5ft 3 inches tall and less than 100 pounds.  She was presented with the medal by King George V at a ceremony at Buckingham Palace on Feb 22, 1918. Edna Mabel Auger returned home to Canada after the war on the Northland in July 1919.  She went on to supervise the building and equipping of the first hospital in Grande Prairie, Alberta, then returned to Medicine Hat in 1923 as the Supervisor of Nursing where she also taught.    She never married but was an active member of both her community and her profession for the rest of her life.  She was a member of the University of Alberta Senate for fifteen years.  She died May 2, 1932 at the age of 50 and is buried with her father in Section B, Block 116G, Plot 2, Lot 3, Hillside Cemetery Medicine Hat, Alberta, Canada.



 

Rank Regiment Unit Company
Nursing Sister Canadian Army Medical Corps Canadian Army Medical Corps
Attestation Papers not on file as of Dec. 2007. Update: They are now online as of July 2010.