CEF Soldier Detail

Nursing Sister Ruth Marie Craig

Regimental Number:
NA
Survived War:
Yes
Force:
Army
Regiment:
Canadian Army Medical Corps
Battalion:
No. 16 Canadian General Hospital
Company:
Place of Birth:
Brightside, Ontario
Country:
Canada
Next of Kin:
Jane Craig, Mother, 326 Main Street, Toronto, Ontario
Address at Enlistment:
326 Main Street, Toronto, Ontario
Date of Birth:
June 17, 1892
Trade or Calling:
Nurse
Marital Status:
Single
Prior Military Experience:
Yes
Place of Enlistment:
London, England
Date of Enlistment:
October 1, 1917
Age at enlistment:
25
Height:
5 Feet 3 Inches
Chest:
36 Inches
Expansion:
2 Inches
Religion:
Presbyterian
Enlisted or Conscripted:
Enlisted
Saw service in:
Great Britain    
Cause of Death:
Survived
Battle Died/Wounded:
Date of Death:
Age at Death:
Buried at:
Binscarth Cemetery, Binscarth, Manitoba
Plot:
Commemorated:
 
Prisoner of war:
No
Interned:
Gender:
Female
Ethnic Origin:
Caucasian
Rank Regiment Unit Company
Nursing Sister Canadian Army Medical Corps No. 16 Canadian General Hospital
Nursing Sister French Flag Nursing Corps French Flag Nursing Corps

Nursing Sister Ruth Marie Craig served at the Canadian Special Hospital, Lenham, Kent.  She was S.O.S. on May 2nd, 1919, and transferred to No. 16 Canadian (Ont) General Hospital, Orpington.  War Diary Entry. 

Miss Craig is the only daughter of Andrew Forrest Craig and Jane Craig (nee Barr) of Brightside and is a graduate of the Western Hospital of Toronto. Miss Craig went to France in May of 1916 with the French Flag Nursing Corps. They were sent by the Canadian National Association of Trained Nurses and their service might be called voluntary as they received only a small remuneration. Before leaving this unit of nurses were taught the French language and infinite trouble was taken to accumulate a vocabulary of words and phrases which would be most likely to be required. The time for teaching was short and it was a case of learning what would be most needed. Besides this, a little booklet of words and phrases with their translation into French was prepared and through the generosity of John Ross Robertson these have been printed and given not only to the nurses for the French but to all Canadian nurses in military service.

On 14 November 1919, in Toronto, Ruth married Charles William Torrance. Born in Rat Portage (later renamed Kenora) in northwestern Ontario, Charles was the son of William and Sophia (nee Johnston) Torrance. A physician, Charles served overseas with the Canadian Army Medical Corps. Ruth and Charles were to make Binscarth, Manitoba their home. Ruth died in 1981