Canadian Virtual War Memorial

Margaret Jane Fortescue

In memory of:

Nursing Sister Margaret Jane Fortescue

June 27, 1918

Military Service


Age:

40

Force:

Army

Unit:

Canadian Army Medical Corps

Division:

Llandovery Castle (Hospital Ship)

Additional Information


Born:

June 23, 1878
York Factory, Manitoba

Enlistment:

April 22, 1915
Montreal, Québec

Sister of Miss G. Fortescue of Montreal, Quebec.

Commemorated on Page 409 of the First World War Book of Remembrance. Request a copy of this page.

Burial Information


Cemetery:

HALIFAX MEMORIAL
Nova Scotia, Canada

Grave Reference:

Panel 2.

Location:

The HALIFAX MEMORIAL in Nova Scotia's capital, erected in Point Pleasant Park, is one of the few tangible reminders of the men who died at sea. Twenty-four ships were lost by the Royal Canadian Navy in the Second World War and nearly 2,000 members of the RCN lost their lives. This Memorial was erected by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission and was unveiled in November 1967 with naval ceremony by H.P. MacKeen, Lieutenant-Governor of Nova Scotia, in the presence of R. Teillet, then Minister of Veterans Affairs. The monument is a great granite Cross of Sacrifice over 12 metres high, clearly visible to all ships approaching Halifax. The cross is mounted on a large podium bearing 23 bronze panels upon which are inscribed the names of over 3,000 Canadian men and women who were buried at sea. The dedicatory inscription, in French and English, reads as follows:

1914-1939
1918-1945
IN THE HONOUR OF
THE MEN AND WOMEN
OF THE NAVY
ARMY AND MERCHANT NAVY
OF CANADA
WHOSE NAMES
ARE INSCRIBED HERE
THEIR GRAVES ARE UNKNOWN
BUT THEIR MEMORY
SHALL ENDURE.

On June 19, 2003, the Government of Canada designated September 3rd of each year as a day to acknowledge the contribution of Merchant Navy Veterans.

Information courtesy of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

Digital Collection

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  • Photo of Margaret Jane Fortescue – © IWM (WWC H22-11)
  • Inscription
  • Newspaper clipping – Margaret 'Daisy' Fortescue. Heroic nurse killed in World War 1 is remembered on 100th anniversary of her death . Newspaper article from the UK Express, June 29, 2018.
  • Newspaper clipping – Margaret Fortescue was finally commemorated 100 years after her death on a WW1 memorial that previously only honoured the male victims that died with her during the attack on the Canadian Medical ship, the HMHS Llandovery Castle.

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