Etc. -- Alice Trusdale died in 1919
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A lightly edited partial transcription of the Waterford column on 
page 2 of the 18 Sep 1919 issue of the Simcoe Reformer


A feeling of gloom settled over the village and vicinity last Saturday when the sad news of the sudden death of Nursing Sister Alice Truesdale [sic] reached here. 
The deceased was the second daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Wm. H. Truesdale [sic] of Waterford, and was born here about 27 years ago.

After a course in the Public and High Schools of Waterford, she resolved to become a nurse, and graduated with high honors from the Guelph General Hospital in 1912, and practiced there about two years afterwards. The late Miss Truesdale [sic] then took a post-graduate course at Sloan's Hospital, New York. 

When the call came for nurses overseas Alice signed up and after a year's training in the London Military Hospital, went overseas, did her bit and returned on March, 1919.

This noble girl was idle only a few weeks after returning, when she became matron of the Freeport Military Hospital. 

The week before last she got a few days off duty, came home and went to Buffalo on Friday, returned Saturday and went right back to Freeport.

On Wednesday of last week she took ill and thought it was a bilious attack, but gradually became worse and was hurried to Guelph Hospital Friday, where it was learned she had a form of spinal meningitis. Her mother and sister Neva hastened to Guelph and reached there just three hours before the dear, brave girl passed away.

Needless to say the sorrowing parents, two sisters, Neva and Laura, and two brothers, Gordon and Howard, are heart-broken over the affair, and the deepest sympathy goes out to them.

The remains were brought first to Brantford, to the home of O. E. Truesdale [sic], uncle of the deceased, on Saturday, and the funeral took place at 3.00 o'clock. Service was held in the Baptist Church, conducted by Rev. J. McLachlan, assisted by  Rev. J. B. Moore. Interment took place in Greenwood Cemetery.

The following floral tributes show the high esteem in which the deceased was held. [List of tributes omitted.] Nurse Truesdale [sic] was beloved and admired by all who knew her and will be greatly missed.

Also see Alice's Officer's Declaration Paper 

Image from microfilm

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