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Sister Soldiers of the Great War
The Nurses of the Canadian Army Medical Corps
Cynthia Toman  

$95.00 Hardcover
Release Date: 5/15/2016
ISBN: 9780774832137    

$34.95 Paperback
Release Date: 10/1/2016
ISBN: 9780774832144    

312 Pages

Studies in Canadian Military History series


About the Book

"I am on night duty ... on what is supposed to be the 'hopeless ward' so you can imagine, or try to, just what I am doing. I know you cannot really have the faintest idea"

In Sister Soldiers of the Great War, award-winning author Cynthia Toman recovers the long-lost history of Canada's first women soldiers -- nursing sisters who enlisted as officers with the Canadian Army Medical Corps.

These experienced nurses were motivated by patriotism, a sense of adventure, and personal and professional goals. They left their communities, families, and jobs to enlist in the Canadian Army, where they received relative rank and equal pay to men. Their official mandate was to salvage as many sick and wounded men as possible for return to the front lines. Nothing prepared them for poor living conditions, the scale of casualties, or the type of wounds they encountered, but their letters and diaries reveal that they were determined to soldier on under all circumstances while still "living as well as possible."

The first book to look at the collective and individual experiences of Canada’s nursing sisters, Sister Soldiers of the Great War reveals how these resilient women negotiated their role as sisters and soldiers in a man's world.

About the Author(s)

Cynthia Toman, a historian and retired professor of nursing from the University of Ottawa, is the author of An Officer and a Lady: Canadian Military Nursing and the Second World War and co-editor of Place and Practice in Canadian Nursing History.

Table of Contents


1 The Great Machine of Healing

2 The Cast of Characters

3 Soldiering On under All Conditions

4 Soldiering On with Medical and Surgical Work

5 Social Sisters: "Living as Well as Possible"

6 Contemplating the Costs of War




"We have been waiting one hundred years for this book. It has been well worth the wait."
-- Susan Mann, OC, author of Margaret Macdonald: Imperial Daughter

"Sister Soldiers is a moving narrative of the gritty, grueling, sometimes inspiring, and often devastating realities that war entailed for Canada’s military nurses."
-- Kathryn McPherson, author of Bedside Matters: The Transformation of Canadian Nursing, 1900-1990

"The story of Canada's First World War military nurses has never before been told, and Toman tells it with sensitivity and a deep knowledge of both the world of nursing and the history of the war."
-- Jane Errington, author of Wives and Mothers, School Mistresses and Scullery Maids: Working Women in Upper Canada, 1790-1840

Sample Chapter

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Related Topics

History > Canada
History > Military

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