Charlotte "Lottie" Urquhart (1888 - ?) was born in New Glasgow, Nova Scotia, on March 27, 1888. Before the First World War she lived in Quebec City and studied nursing. On January 26, 1916, she enlisted as a nursing sister in Montreal. By September 1918 she was working at the No. 6 Canadian General Field Hospital at Joinville-le-Pont, just outside of Paris. On the night of September 16, 1918, the hospital was hit by one of the final German air raids on Paris. Despite four bombs falling on her ward, Urquhart continued to attend to the wounded. For this display of bravery and devotion she was awarded the Military Medal. She survived the war.
Service Record Details
Date of Birth: March 27, 1888 (New Glasgow, Nova Scotia)
Date of Attestation: January 26, 1916
Age at Enlistment: 27 years, 6 months
Height: 5 feet, 3 inches
Weight: 130 pounds
Description: Medium complexion, blue eyes, light hair. Presbyterian. 1 scar from left mastoid operation.
Home Address: New Glasgow, Nova Scotia
Trade: Graduate nurse
Details of Family: Father, John Urquhart, living in New Glasgow, Nova Scotia.
Next of Kin: Father (John Urquhart)
Branch of Service: Canadian Army Medical Corps
Theatre of War: England, France
- October 1917 – On October 2 Urquhart is admitted to the No. 8 General Hospital in Rouen, France, with "I.C.T." (inflamed connective tissue) in the right foot and a sprained right ankle. On October 18 she is transferred to the Sisters Convalescent Home in Étretat. (Page 20)
- March 1919 – On March 7 she is admitted to the No. 46 Stationary Hospital in Étaples, France, with scarlet fever. She is discharged four days later. (Pages 20 and 23)
Interesting Details from the Service Record
- March to April 1916 – On March 23, 1916, she sails from Halifax on the SS Baltic. She arrives in Liverpool, England, on April 9. (Page 7)
- May 31, 1919 – Her medical examination upon leaving service indicates that in childhood she suffered from diphtheria, chicken pox and German measles. She made a good recovery from all of these and has no present disability. In addition, in August 1913 she had a left mastoid (breast) operation, from which made a good recovery. (Pages 18–19)
- July 3, 1919 – She sails back to Canada on the SS Celtic. (Pages 6 and 13)
The London Gazette
The London Gazette—Supplement 30917, Page 11339, September 20, 1918
"N./Sister Lottie Urquhart, C.A.M.C. For gallantry and devotion to duty during an enemy air raid, when four bombs fell on her wards. Regardless of danger she attended to the wounded. Her courage and devotion were an inspiring example to all."
Military Medals Honours and Awards
In 1901, Lottie Urquhart is 13 years old and living in Pictou County, Nova Scotia, with her parents, John (48) and Catherine (45), and nine siblings: Margaret J. (23), Annie L. (21), John A. (20), George W. (18), Charles D. (17), Ellen (15), Edwin (9), Marie (5) and Oscar P. (1). The elder John is a farmer, while the eldest son John works as a machinist. George works as blacksmith and George is listed as the "farmer's son". Lottie's father's mother tongue is Gaelic. All the other family members claim English as their mother tongue.