CEF Soldier Detail

Nursing Sister Ruth Marie Craig

Regimental Number:
NA
Survived War:
Yes
Force:
Army
Regiment:
Canadian Army Medical Corps
Battalion:
Canadian Army Medical Corps
Company:
Place of Birth:
Brightside, Lanark County, Ontario
Country:
Canada
Next of Kin:
Mrs. Andrew Craig, Mother, 326 Main St. E., Toronto, Ontairo
Address at Enlistment:
326 Main St. E., Toronto, Ontairo
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:
Chest:
Expansion:
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:
Plot:
Commemorated:
 
Prisoner of war:
Not Specified
Interned:
Gender:
Female
Ethnic Origin:
Caucasian
LAC Reference: RG 150, Accession 1992-93/166, Box 1Box 1Box 2104-51
Rank Regiment Unit Company
Nursing Sister Canadian Army Medical Corps Canadian Army Medical Corps
Nursing Sister French Flag Nursing Corps

Nursing Sister R. M. 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 Mr. and Mrs. Andrew F. Craig 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 (née Johnston) Torrance. A physician, Charles served overseas with the Canadian Army Medical Corps. Ruth and Charles were to make Binscarth, Manitoba their home.