August 2, 2014

Nursing Sister Constance Philips WW1 Photo Album - A Bio

Nursing Sister Constance Philips WW1 Photo Album - A Bio
Nursing Sister Constance Philips
This Photo Archive consists of a small autograph album (6.5" by 5.25") kept by Constance (Connie) Philips as a memento of her time serving as a nurse during World War One.  

The majority of the photos and items are from 1915, when she served as a nurse in France and Britain. 

The album and all photographs, postcards, and other ephemera contained in the album belong to K. Armstrong and may not be copied or republished without her written permission. All photos are published on Olive Tree Genealogy with permission.

Images are designated an R or V for Recto or Verso. Recto is the left-hand side of an open book while Verso refers to the right-hand side.

I will be posting the entire album and my additional research on the individuals identified in Connie's album over the coming months so please check back frequently to view these historic photos. The easiest way to see what has been published is to click on the topic "Nursing Sister WW1 Photos" in the vertical menu bar on the right side of your screen. You can also click on that phrase at the bottom of this post.

Constance Sarah Young Philip was born 1876 Newington, Edinburgh, Scotland to David Philip and Isabella Gordon Gatherer. She immigrated to Canada in 1911 and enlisted as a nurse in the CEF (Canadian Expeditionary Force) in February 1915.
After the war, she and her sister Isabella (Ella) ran a school for young ladies in North Vancouver, British Columbia Canada. The school was called the North Vancouver School for Girls at Holly Lodge. There is a photo of the Pupils and staff of North Vancouver School for Girls at Holly Lodge sometime in the 1920s. Identified: Miss Ella M. Philip, Principal; Sister Connie Philip, matron; Alex Philip, their cousin (not staff); Miss May P. Judge, teacher; Betty Jack, pupil.

Constance died in 18th Feb 1944 and was buried at the Capilano View Cemetary, West Vancouver, BC 
Her tombstone reads 
Constance S.Y. Philip 
Nursing Sister C.A.M.C. C.E.F. 
18th Feb 1944 
Rest In Peace

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