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Historic Sites of Manitoba: Winnipeg General Hospital / Health Sciences Centre (Bannatyne Avenue, Winnipeg)

The Winnipeg General Hospital traces its origins to 1872. Three years later, A. G. B. Bannatyne and Andrew McDermot donated a plot of land in Winnipeg for construction of a 20-bed hospital, erected in 1882. When that building proved insufficient for the needs of the community, Bannatyne and McDermot exchanged it for a larger site—bounded on the east by Olivia Street and on the west by Emily Street, on the south by McDermot Avenue and on the north by William Avenue. The first hospital building, now long gone, was constructed here between 1884 and 1885. Through the years, many more buildings would be constructed as part of the growing hospital.

On 8 October 1924, a brass plaque commemorating four nurses who were killed during service in the First World War was unveiled in the hospital. Originally located on the north wall of the original Bannatyne entrance to the hospital, it was removed during subsequent renovations and has been lost.

On 1 February 1972, the Winnipeg General Hospital was amalgamated with the Winnipeg Children’s Hospital and Winnipeg Rehabilitation Hospital to become the Health Sciences Centre.

Postcard view of the Winnipeg General Hospital

Postcard view of the Winnipeg General Hospital (circa 1906)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough, 2006-0156

Postcard view of the nurses’ residence at the Winnipeg General Hospital

Postcard view of the nurses’ residence at the Winnipeg General Hospital (circa 1906)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough, 2015-0016

Site Coordinates (lat/long): N49.90327, W97.15865
denoted by symbol on the map above

Nurse Casualities during the First World War

Name

Occupation

Service

Rank

Birth Date

Death Date

Ainslie St. Clair Dagg
[Holy Trinity, Next of Kin]

Nursing

15 General Hospital, Canadian Army Medical Corps

Nursing Sister

5 February 1892

29 November 1918

Lenna Mae Jenner

Graduate Nurse

Canadian Army Medical Corps

Nursing Sister

17 November 1889

12 December 1918

Margaret A. Lowe
[Binscarth, Russell]

Professional Nurse

1st Canadian General Hospital, Canadian Army Nursing Corps

Nursing Sister

26 January 1886

28 May 1918

Ada Janet Ross
[Next of Kin, Selkirk]

Nursing Sister

1st General Hospital, Canadian Army Medical Corps

Nursing Sister

11 August 1878

12 July 1918

See also:

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Women’s Pavilion / Women’s Hospital (735 Notre Dame Avenue, Winnipeg)

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Winnipeg Municipal Hospital (Morley Street, Winnipeg)

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Alexandra Square / Alexandra Park / Johnston Park (William Avenue, Winnipeg)

Sources:

“Memorial to nurses,” Manitoba Free Press, 9 October 1924, page 8.

For the names of First World War casualities from Manitoba who do not appear on any physical monument in the province, see the Manitoba Historical Society War Memorial. If you know of a name that is omitted from this list, please contact the MHS War Memorial Researcher Darryl Toews (darryl@mhs.mb.ca).

Soldiers of the First World War - Canadian Expeditionary Force, Library and Archives Canada.

Canadian Virtual War Memorial, Veterans Affairs Canada.

Financial support for research reported on this page was provided by the Manitoba Heritage Grants Program (2015-2016).

Sacrifice, HSC Archives/Museum.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough and Darryl Toews.

Page revised: 24 December 2019

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