Baker, Flora May (F.M.)

Rank Nursing Sister
Unit # CAMC

Reference: RG 150, Accession: 1992-93/166, Box 368-18 Item: #21023 PDF 368-18. Born in Chatham ON. 2/01/1881. Next of Kin: William P. Baker of 1621 3rd Ave., Vancouver, BC, she would later recognize Mrs. Charlotte Baker of that address as her N of K..

NS Baker enlisted at London, ON. 16/09/1915 to the CAMC. She sailed overseas 27/08/1915. She served in England, Salonia – serving on the Balgarian front 1/02/16, #5 Canadian General Hospital 10/05/18, Canadian Army Depot –Westhanger, No. 16 Canadian General Hospital –Granville and Special Hospital at Shorncliffe where she was SOS 19/06/1919.   

She was suffering from influenza 20/11/18 to 22/12/18 (33 days) likely the “Spanish flu” which was ravageing Eurpoe at that time.

NS Baker sailed for Canada 21/05/1919.

‘Medical Board’ 6/09/1917: –

While serving on the Salonica Front where she was stationed there for 21 months she was evacuated after reporting sick 30/07/17 at No. 5 Canadian General Hospital . The condition was diagnosed as Phlebotomps Fever 0n 3/08/17. A very unpleasant disease often found in the Middle-East where she was stationed . (Also known as Pappataci fever or Sandfly fever – Curators note)   

The  Medical Board reported that NS Baker appeared generally run down and in a debilitating condition as a result of her experiences in the Middle East and she was put on leave for six weeks.

Poor health followed her and once again was before a ‘Medical Board’ for For a post Influenza review. She had been admitted to Grenville Hospital in England  20/01/18.

The Medical Board ruled that although NS Baker was no longer suffering “She is suseptic  to the cold. Having been stationed at Salonika for two years she should not be sent overseas.

 

Curator Note: In the Great War ‘overseas’ did not mean crossing the Atlantic but crossing the English Channel or the Mediterranean.   SALONIKA – Often referred to as the “Forgotten Front” took in part of North-East Greece near the Bulgarian border. The British made early in roads at first and then settled into another stagnet front. It has been reported that Malaria caused 10 casualties for everyone inflicted by the enemy. The Bulgarians gave up their efforts and sued for peace just before the Germans did on the Western Front.

 

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Sources LAC, A. Fisher

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