CENTRAL BEDEQUE - Katherine Dewar will give an illustrated talk titled “Called to Serve: Georgina Pope, Canadian Military Nursing Heroine” on Aug. 20, 7 p.m., at Bedeque Area Museum, Central Bedeque.
The retired nurse educator/ historian will tell the story of Island-born Georgina Pope, one of Canada’s most decorated nurses in the First World War.
Based on her latest book, “Called to Serve: Georgina Pope, Canadian Military Nursing Heroine”, Dewar will bring Pope’s story to life, following her career through the second half of the 19th century and into the 20th.
The story takes us from Pope’s rather sheltered life in Victorian Prince Edward Island to the Boston States to the dangerous and primitive conditions she experienced as superintendent of nurses in two South African Wars to her work in the formation of the Canadian Army Nursing Corps and and to the battlefields of Europe during the First World War.
Pope’s father was William Henry Pope, a father of Confederation, who had been born in Lower Bedeque where her grandfather, Joseph Pope, had begun the family’s ship-building business. She lived in St. Eleanors and Summerside during her younger years.
It’s Dewar’s second book. She is the author of “Those Splendid Girls: The Heroic Service of Prince Edward Island Nurses in the Great War”.
For her outstanding contribution to the heritage of P.E.I. she has received several awards including the P.E.I. Museum and Heritage Foundation’s award of honour.
It’s part of the Bedeque Area Historical Society’s summer lecture series. Admission is free, with donations welcome.