WWI Nursing Sister Lilly Garrard

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Nursing Sister Lillian Annie Garrard of Tofino in Buxton England in 1918. (Front row second from right). Image from the Canadian Hospital News, March 16 1918, Library and Archives Canada.

When Lilly Garrard was born in 1890, someone told her Dad, “it is a dish washer this time, you must do better next.” In Spring 1920, there is a world-wide focus on health and healthcare workers, so it’s a fitting time to focus on a West Coast girl who was than a “dish washer” — she became nursing graduate who served with the Canadian Army Medical Corps in WWI. Continue reading “WWI Nursing Sister Lilly Garrard”

Blackburn Market Inspector Edmund Hacking

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Edmund Hacking, Blackburn Market Inspector who died amid a mini scandal in the marketplace in 1907.

I’ve just enjoyed the new Netflix series “The English Game” about the development of football among mill workers in Darwen and Blackburn, Lancashire in 1879, the same year my great-grandpa John Hacking was born in Blackburn. The show brought back memories of a fascinating trip I made to Blackburn in March 2017, when I researched the story of my great-great grandpa Edmund Hacking, the Blackburn Market inspector. Continue reading “Blackburn Market Inspector Edmund Hacking”

Susannah Gagen’s forgotten grave

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“Grandma Gilman”(born Lottie Gagen) and my great-grandma Ethel. When Lottie was the same age as Ethel, her mother had just died.

When my great-great grandma, Lottie Gilman, was 8 years old, her mother died. In her almost 33 years, Susannah Fuller Pinnicks Gagen had an eventful life. Mother to 4 children, she had travelled across the Atlantic by steamship 3 times, lived in rough settlements in Manitoba and Ontario, and travelled by the transcontinental railway to the new city of Vancouver. And then her heart gave out. It’s only because the family saved her burial permit for over 100 years that I first learned about Susannah and decided to try to reconstruct her life. Continue reading “Susannah Gagen’s forgotten grave”