Nursing Sister Margaret Lowe
WW I Nursing Sister

Margaret Lowe of the Canadian Army Nursing Service

Daughter of Thomas Lowe, of Binscarth, Manitoba.

Margaret Lowe (name at birth was Margaret Low, attestation papers signed ‘Lowe’), of Thomas and Christina Low, was born on January 26th 1888 in Morayshire, Scotland.
Not much is known about the early life of Margaret. However we believe that she was an only child as there is no evidence to show that she had any siblings. It is believed that she moved to Canada (lived in Binscarth) before 1917 where she trained as a nurse at the Winnipeg Civic Hospital. She enlisted on May 24th 1917 in Winnipeg, Canada and sailed from Halifax, Canada, on May 29th arriving in Liverpool on June 8th.
She was posted at the Ontario Military Hospital in Orpington in the United Kingdom. The hospital was staffed by Canadian nurses and medical personnel from the Canadian Army Medical Corps. It was one of the first hospitals to establish occupational therapy for patients with shell shock. By January 1919 more than 25,000 wounded troops had been treated at the hospital where only 182 (less than 1%) died.
On October 5th Margaret Lowe was posted at the 10th Canadian General Hospital and was transferred to the 1st Canadian General Hospital on November 29th and then to the 4th Canadian General Hospital on December 5th.
She arrived in France on January 26th 1918, after sailing from the United Kingdom and was posted with the 10th Canadian Stationary Hospital. The staff of No. 10 proceeded to Calais, with Matron E. Dulmage in charge, where the unit opened on 28th January 1918. This hospital had one ward set apart for sick members of the Queen Mary’s Army Auxiliary Corps (Q.M.A.A.C).
She was transferred to the 1st Canadian General Hospital on March 8th. On May 19th 1918, she was wounded in an air attack by the Germans. She had a fractured skull and chest penetrations. In the course of the German aerial bombing, both the No.1 Canadian General Hospital and the No.7 Canadian General Hospital were struck. 66 Canadians were killed and 73 were wounded. Margaret died on May 28th 1918 from her wounds at the 24th British General Hospital, Etaples. A funeral procession followed the air attack and was attended by large numbers of soldiers, army nurses and some civilians. She is buried at the Etaples Military Cemetery in France.
She was entitled to the British War Medal and the Victory Medal which were sent to her father along with her Memorial Plaque and Scroll.


Nursing Sister Margaret Lowe served as a Nursing Sister in the Canadian Army Medical Corps during World War One. She was entitled to the British War Medal and the Victory Medal.

Height : 5' 6? Weight:140 lbs. Religion : Presbyterian

She trained as a nurse at the Winnipeg Civic Hospital.

She enlisted on May 24th, 1917 in Winnipeg, Canada.

She sailed from Halifax on May 29 and arrived in Liverpool June 8. She was posted at the Ontario Military Hospital in Orpington in United Kingdom.

She was posted at the 10th Canadian General Hospital on October 5th.

She was transferred to the 1st Canadian General Hospital on November 29th.

She was transferred to the 4th Canadian General Hospital on December 5th.

She arrived in France on January 26th, 1918 and posted with the 10th Canadian Stationary Hospital.

She was transferred to the 1st Canadian General Hospital on March 8th.

She was wounded in the air attack by the Germans of the 1st Canadian General Hospital on May 19th, 1918. She had a fractured skull and chest penetration.

She died on May 28th, 1918 from her wounds at the 24th British General Hospital, Etaples. She is buried at the Etaples Military Cemetery in France.

Her British War Medal, Victory Medal, Memorial Plaque and Scroll were sent to her father Thomas Lowe in Binscarth, Manitoba

No Memorial Cross was issued, her mother had preceeded her.

The complete scan of her military file can be found on the Webster of Library and Archives Canada

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