Collection MS-13-2 - Dalhousie University No. 7 Stationary Hospital collection

Dalhousie University No. 7 Stationary Hospital brochure Photograph of the officers, nursing sisters, non-commissioned officers and men of the Dalhousie U... Photograph of Sgt. A. Fraser Tupper Letter from Sgt. A. Fraser Tupper to Ralph Kane Christmas card from Sgt. A. Fraser Tupper to Ralph Kane Christmas card from Sgt. A. Fraser Tupper to Ralph Kane Ralph Kane's collection of postcards sent from his uncle, Sgt. A. Fraser Tupper No. 7 Canadian Stationary Hospital reunion dinner menu No. 7 Canadian Stationary Hospital reunion dinner menu Unsigned company Christmas card of the No. 7 Stationary Hospital Christmas card from Laura Hubley to Harold Dunlap Letter from Lt. Col. John Stewart to Laura Hubley Letter from L.D. Holland to Laura Hubley Daily orders (part II) for the No. 7  "Overseas" Stationary Hospital

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Dalhousie University No. 7 Stationary Hospital collection

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5 cm of textual records and graphic material

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The Dalhousie No. 7 Overseas Stationary Hospital came into being as a result of the university's fifth-year medical students volunteering their collective services to the war effort in August 1914. President Mackenzie wrote to the War Office with an offer on behalf of Dalhousie to raise, staff and equip a stationary hospital similar to those recruited from other Canadian universities. Twice rejected, in September 1915 Dalhousie’s proposal was finally authorized and two months later the hospital was mobilized, having recruited a staff of 165. Of the twelve medical officers, most were Dalhousie graduates or faculty, while many of the 27 nurses were graduates of the Victoria General Hospital, including Matron Laura Hubley. Fourteen enrolled students and nine alumni joined the unit as privates. The newly formed unit was given the University’s former Medical College Building as training quarters, and on 31 December 1915, the No. 7 embarked from St. John, New Brunswick. Under the command of John Stewart, later Dean of the Faculty of Medicine, from May 1917 to April 1918, the No. 7 served in the “Evacuation Zone,” where patients transferred from front-line clearing hospitals were treated and stabilized before being moved to hospitals in their own countries. The medical officers and nurses nurses returned to Halifax in May 1919. The stationary hospital was disbanded by General Order 211 of 15 November 1920.

Custodial history

Records were donated to the Dalhousie University Archives in three accessions: by Col. Samuel R. Balcom and T.H. Dickson in 1977, and by Leslie Pezzack in 2012. Custodial history for the 1987 accession is unknown.

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Collection consists of a booklet about the history of the No. 7 Stationary Hospital, correspondence of nursing matron Laura Hubley, a book of signatures of the unit's members, and correspondence and a small album containing postcards sent by Sgt. A. Fraser Tupper (who worked with the unit in 1916 and 1917) to his nephew, Ralph Kane.

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There are no access restrictions on these materials. All materials are open for research.

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Materials do not circulate and must be used in the Archives and Special Collections Reading Room. Materials may be under copyright. Contact departmental staff for guidance on reproduction.

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Preferred citation: [Identification of item], Dalhousie University No.7 Stationary Hospital collection, MS-13-2, Box [box number], Folder [folder number], Dalhousie University Archives, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.

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