Annie Crisp Bond (1857-1943) studied nursing and served in the army in Afghanistan, Egypt and South Africa. Why have we written about her in Herstory? Because she served the British Army in the late 1800s, making her among the first women to attend to troops in battle.
This remarkable woman married a Scottish physician from Edinburgh in New Zealand before moving to Winnipeg, Manitoba, in 1890. There, alarmed by a high mortality rate among children, especially of poor immigrant families, she joined the Winnipeg Council of Women and helped raise funds for a children’s hospital. The hospital opened in 1909 in a three-story house, with “Nurse Bond” as its first matron. A new, 100-bed Children’s Hospital opened in 1911. Annie worked there for most of her life.