Reading Town PEI - May 20 to June 2, 2018
Katherine Dewar Book Launch
Georgina Pope (1862-1938) is one of fourteen figures from Canada's military history who are commemorated at the Valiants Memorial in Ottawa--an impressive collection of nine busts and five statues located across from Parliament Hill, next to the national war memorial.
Pope, the daughter of Father of Confederation W.H. Pope, trained as a nurse in New York. In 1899 and again in 1902, she led the contingent of Canadian nurses sent to the Boer War. In 1903 her contributions were recognized when she became the first Canadian nurse to ever be awarded the prestigious Royal Red Cross Medal, 1st Class. Five years later, in 1908, Georgina Pope became Canada's first army Matron, responsible for training military nurses for the Canadian Army Medical Corps. Headquartered in Halifax, she trained nurses for service overseas during the First World War and then she herself was posted overseas from 1917-1919.
Born in Summerside, P.E.I., Katherine Dewar taught nursing for 22 years at the P.E.I. School of Nursing. Upon her retirement, Katherine researched and published articles on Prince Edward Island history. She authored Those Splendid Girls: The Heroic Service of PEI Nurses in the Great War, which won PEI Publication of the Year in 2014, and was shortlisted by the Atlantic Book Awards for scholarly writing. As well, she co-authored the book This Caring Place.