Canadian Virtual War Memorial

Sarah Ellen Garbutt

In memory of:

Nursing Sister Sarah Ellen Garbutt

August 20, 1917

Military Service


Age:

49

Force:

Army

Unit:

Canadian Army Nursing Service

Division:

Ontario Military Hospital

Additional Information


Born:

September 18, 1867
Pickering, United Kingdom

Enlistment:

May 9, 1916
Uxbridge, Ontario

Sister of John Garbutt, of London, Ontario.

Commemorated on Page 241 of the First World War Book of Remembrance. Request a copy of this page.

Burial Information


Cemetery:

BROOKWOOD MILITARY CEMETERY
Surrey, United Kingdom

Grave Reference:

III. A. 15.

Location:

Brookwood is 30 miles from London (M3 to Bagshot and then A322). The main entrance to Brookwood Military Cemetery is on the A324 from the village of Pirbright. Brookwood Military Cemetery is owned by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission and is the largest Commonwealth war cemetery in the United Kingdom, covering approximately 37 acres. In 1917, an area of land in Brookwood Cemetery (originally The London Necropolis) was set aside for the burial of men and women of the forces of the Commonwealth and Americans, who had died, many of battle wounds, in the London district. This site was further extended to accommodate the Commonwealth casualties of the Second World War, and American, Belgian, Czech, Dutch, French and Polish plots containing the graves of Allied casualties. There are also German and Italian plots where prisoners of war lie buried.

Information courtesy of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

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  • Photo of Sarah Garbutt – © IWM (WWC H22-3)
  • Newspaper Clipping
  • Newspaper Clipping 2
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  • Oshawa War Memorial – The Oshawa Ontario War Memorial (1924) was named "The Garden of the Unforgotten". This elaborate memorial was set with stones from each Great War Allied Nation and from the battlefields where Canadians fought. A pair of electric torches were to remain burning, and a copper time capsule box with artifacts from 1924 was buried under the memorial. In 2002, the Memorial Park was redeveloped and today the park incorporates beautiful gardens. A plaque explaining the redevelopment states: "Memorial Park is regarded as hallowed ground for quiet meditation, the enjoyment of music, and especially for honouring our men and women who served in armed conflicts".
  • Plaque – This memorial is located in Oshawa, Ontario.
  • Grave marker – Photo provided by The Commonwealth Roll Of Honour Project. Volunteer Mike Symmonds
  • Attestation Papers – Attestation paper p. 1 Library Archives.
At her death, her  brother, the Rev. John Garbutt, Methodist, is listed at 484 Dundas St. London, Ontario -now Dundas Centre United Church.
  • Officer's Declaration Paper – Attestation paper.  Source: Library and Archives on Canada (page 1 only posted)   The Rev. John Garbutt served overseas too, a 1917 letter from England displayed on canadianletters.ca Cobourg Ontario collection.
  • Book Excerpt – Source:
ON ACTIVE SERVICE: IDEALS OF CANADA'S FIGHTING MEN 
- EDITED BY HON. CAPTAIN ALEX. KETTERSON 
  Canadian Expeditionary Force 1915-1918 
"DEDICATED TO  THE SACRED MEMORY OF THE GALLANT CANADIAN 
OFFICERS AND MEN WHO DIED ON ACTIVE SERVICE IN THE GREAT WAR"

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