CEF Soldier Detail

Nursing Sister Margaret Jane Fortescue
Died: June 27, 1918

Regimental Number:
NA
Survived War:
No
Force:
Army
Regiment:
Canadian Army Medical Corps
Battalion:
Llandovery Castle (Hospital Ship)
Company:
Place of Birth:
York Factory, Manitoba
Country:
Canada
Next of Kin:
Gertrude Fortescue, sister, St. Catharines, Ontario
Address at Enlistment:
Not specified
Date of Birth:
July 23, 1878
Trade or Calling:
Nursing Sister
Marital Status:
Single
Prior Military Experience:
Not Specified
Place of Enlistment:
Montreal, Quebec
Date of Enlistment:
April 13, 1915
Age at enlistment:
36
Height:
5 Feet 3 Inches
Chest:
39 Inches
Expansion:
3 Inches
Religion:
Church of England
Enlisted or Conscripted:
Enlisted
Saw service in:
Unknown    
Cause of Death:
Killed in Action
Battle Died/Wounded:
Hospital Ship Llandovery Castle torpedoed 114 miles south-west of the Fastnet Rock by U86
Date of Death:
June 27, 1918
Age at Death:
39
Buried at:
Halifax Memorial, Nova Scotia
Plot:
Panel 2
Commemorated:
 
Prisoner of war:
No
Interned:
Gender:
Female
Ethnic Origin:
Caucasian
LAC Reference: RG 150, Accession 1992-93/166, Box 3217-3
Rank Regiment Unit Company
Nursing Sister Canadian Army Medical Corps Llandovery Castle (Hospital Ship)
The Hospital Ship Llandovery Castle, bound from Halifax, Nova Scotia, for Liverpool, was torpedoed on June 27th, 1918, 114 miles south-west of the Fastnet Rock by U-86.  Despite regulation Red Cross lights, the ship was deliberately torpedoed and most survivors, including 14 Nursing Sisters were machine gunned.  The Llandovery Castle became the rallying cry for the Canadian troops during the Last 100 Days offensive.