Mabel Clint (1876–1939) was born in Quebec City. As a young woman, she chose to pursue a career in nursing. Clint was 38 years old when the war broke out. She immediately volunteered her services, enlisting with the Canadian Army Medical Corps Nursing Service of the Canadian Expeditionary Force on September 25, 1914. She began her military service at the No. 2 Canadian General Hospital and was transferred to other medical units over the duration of the war. After being cleared from an extended medical leave, she re-enlisted in December of 1917. She cared for sick and wounded soldiers in England, France and Turkey. After the war, Clint returned to Canada and continued her nursing career. She wrote about her wartime experiences in a memoir entitled Our Bit: Memories of War Service by a Canadian Nursing Sister, which was published in 1934. She died on March 17, 1939.
Service Record Details
Date of Birth: June 21, 1876 (Quebec City, Quebec)
Date of Attestation: September 25, 1914 (Montreal, Quebec)
Age at Enlistment: 38 years old
Height: 5 feet, 11 inches
Weight: 175 pounds (She weighs 190 pounds when she re-enlists in December 1917.)
Description: Fair complexion, blue eyes, brown hair. Scar on chin and left elbow. Church of England.
Home Address: Royal Victoria Hospital, Montreal, Quebec, and 131 Metcalfe Street, Montreal, Quebec (December 1917)
Trade: Trained Nurse
Next of Kin: Father, Mr. W. Clint. Mother, Mrs. Caroline Clint, living at 89 Esplanade, Quebec.
Theatre of War: England, France, Turkey and the Mediterranean island of Lemnos
Casualties / Medical History
- September 1915 – Clint experiences dysentery at Lemnos.
- January 1916 – She has influenza and is diagnosed with “a peri-tonsillar abscess.”
- February 15, 1916 – She is admitted with “phlebitis” to the Anglo-American Hospital in Cairo.
- February 28, 1916 – While in hospital she experiences symptoms of an embolism in her right lung and is placed on the dangerously ill list.
- March 9, 1916 – She is removed from the dangerously ill list.
- May 19, 1916 – She is discharged to England aboard the hospital ship, HS Ghoorka.
- June 6, 1916 –After spending 21 months in the service, Clint is granted leave. She is suffering from “Phlebitis, also acute Pulmonary Embolism….” The Medical Board concurs “This Nursing Sister suffered from the disability noted above. Was taken ill on her way to Alexandria and was in Hospital at Cairo nearly four months, and was dangerously ill for ten days. Made a good recovery. Was admitted on May 31st, 1916, to Vincent Square Hospital, London. Her condition is improving. She is still lame. The Hospital Authorities state it will be three months before she is fit for any duty.” Her condition is a result of the “strain of duties” “contracted in service” and she was not in control of the circumstances leading to the disability.
- March 19, 1917 – The Medical Board considers her “fit for light duty in Canada…and that there is a disability of 1/5.”
- December 10, 1917 – Clint is declared fit for duty once more.
Interesting Details from the Service Record
- September 1914 – Clint has a life insurance policy with Metropolitan Life, and has already made arrangements for the premiums to be paid during her overseas service.
- July 29, 1915 – She is assigned to Dardanelles, Turkey.
- December 1917 – After being declared fit for duty, she re-enlists, and this time “Graduate Nurse” is noted as her qualification.
- December 17, 1917 – She returns to England aboard the SS Grampian and is posted to the No. 16 Canadian General Hospital.
- February 1918 – She is transferred to France, joining the team of the No. 4 Casualty Clearing Station.
- April 3, 1918 – Clint is awarded “One Red, 2 Blue Service Chevrons.”
- May 23, 1919 – Upon demobilization and “cessation of hostilities” Clint returns home to Canada aboard the SS Megantic and is struck off strength in June 1919.
The London Gazette
The London Gazette – February 23, 1917, Supplement 29959, Page 1949
Military Medals, Honours and Awards (1812–1969)
No mentions found.
At age 16, Mabel Clint is living in Quebec City with her parents and two younger sisters, Effie (13) and Olive (seven). Her father, William (44), an Englishman of Scottish-Presbyterian faith, works as an insurance agent. Her mother, Caroline (42), is Scottish, and a member of the Church of England. Mabel is in school. Two other women reside at the home, a 68-year-old Irish woman named Mary Gordon, and a 19-year-old English woman, a servant named Louisa Long.
In 1901, Mabel Clint still lives with her family. Her paternal grandfather, John H. Clint, an 80-year-old widower, now resides with the family. They have a 23-year-old servant, Miss Catherine Hart, and another man (listed as a pensioner) living with them, Mr. George Oliver, age 40.
Mabel Clint’s parents still reside in Quebec City, but only Olive lives at home. There is no record of Mabel in the 1911 Census.