History of Nursing in Pacific Canada

“Lest we forget” : a project to identify University of British Columbia School of Nursing graduates who served in the World Wars 1914-1918 and 1939-1945 Zilm, Glennis; Warbinek, Ethel


While writing Legacy, the history of the University of British Columbia’s School of Nursing,we discussed the possibility of including a list of graduates who had served in World War II; such a list is a common entry in most histories of Canadian schools of nursing. However, we could find no archival records of UBC nurses who served in the War. In fact, the University itself has no complete honour roll of graduates who had served with the forces, although students working on the Totem and Ubyssey made attempts both during and immediately following the war to compile one. Some faculties and departments have also made efforts along these lines because many UBC students left the campus to enlist when the War broke out and many new graduates joined the forces immediately after graduation. An honour roll of those killed was developed for UBC’s Memorial Gymnasium, which opened in 1951; this is on permanent display in the Gym foyer.

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