Veteran Stories:
Blanche MacLeod

Army

  • Wedding photo of Blanche and her husband, Major Roderick MacLeod, January 1943.

    Blanche MacLeod
  • Blanche MacLeod in her nursing sister uniform, 1940.

    Blanche MacLeod
  • No. 26 Canadian Military Hospital, St. John's, Newfoundland, where Ms. MacLeod was stationed in 1941.

    Blanche MacLeod
  • Certificate of Service, 1941.

    Blanche MacLeod
  • A telegram Blanche received from her sister, Lois, 1941.

    Blanche MacLeod
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"Newfoundland was not in Canada at that time so it was called overseas. And it seemed a long way to go."

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I was a registered nurse. One of my friends had already enlisted in probably a class before me and she said, why don’t you come. She was over in Debert [Nova Scotia]. So I enlisted and went to Halifax, where we had basic training in the armoury there. Not too long after I enlisted, I was posted overseas to St. John’s, Newfoundland. Newfoundland was not in Canada at that time so it was called overseas. And it seemed a long way to go. I worked in St. John’s Military Hospital and I was transferred to Botwood Military Hospital for a term, back to St. John’s Military [Hospital] for a while. And then I was posted to Toronto to Chorley Park Military Hospital. I worked there for some time but in the meantime, in Newfoundland, I had become engaged to my future husband who was in Signals. And at the same time, I went to Toronto, he was transferred to Halifax, which seemed a long way from one place to the other on a Friday night, which we couldn’t do. So I asked for permission to resign which I could do at that time without a penalty. But if I were married, then I could not stay in the service. So after completing a term at Chorley Park Military [Hospital] and at Toronto Convalescent Hospital, I did resign, married in Montreal and lived in Halifax from then on.
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