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Monday Monuments and Memorials – Mary Katherine (Minnie) Gallaher, Ottawa

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Gallaher family plot, Beechwood Cemetery, Ottawa

Gallaher family plot, Beechwood Cemetery, Ottawa

Minnie Gallaher, Beechwood Cemetery, Ottawa

Minnie Gallaher, Beechwood Cemetery, Ottawa

Minnie Gallaher was one of 14 nursing sisters killed on June 27, 1918, when a German submarine torpedoed the hospital ship HMHS Llandovery Castle and its lifeboats. The sinking was the largest Canadian naval disaster in WW1 (counting the number of deaths) and became a rallying cry in the Last 100 Days offensive.

Gallaher’s body was not recovered. This marker at her family plot in Beechwood Cemetery, Ottawa, reads: “Nursing sister Minnie K Gallaher drowned in sinking of Hospital Ship Llandovery Castle June 27th, 1918. Greater love hath no man than this that a man lay down his life for his friends.”

Finding the Forty-Seven, Debbie Marshall’s blog to honour the Canadian nurses who died while serving in WW1, is well worth a look.

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Canadian crusader for equality and justice. Connoisseur and creator of the written word. Commemorating the centenary of the First World War in books and monuments. Read more at greatwar100reads.wordpress.com.

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