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Elsie Blanche Augustine, U.S. Army Nurse in the Great War

About the Collection

Photographs, letters, diaries and other documents relating the experiences of the Canadian-born nurse who served in France as a United States Army nurse during the Great War (World War I) mainly at Base Hospital 23 which was supported and established by the people of Buffalo, New York. Born in 1895 at Wainfleet, Ontario, Canada, she attended nursing school in Buffalo, New York at the Millard Fillmore School of Nursing and graduated with her nursing degree in 1914. First stationed at the Ellis Island Hospital in New York City, she served most of the war years at United States base hospitals in and around Vittel, France (especially Base Hospital 23 from 1917-1919) and was finally mustered out in 1919.