Helen Wood

Name: Helen Wood (Burnett)
Birth Place: Mussleborough Scotland
Death Date: May 20, 1917
Death Location: SS Magnolia en route to France
Burial Place: Rosehill Cemetery, Chicago, Illinois


Killed on board ship, en route to France, in WWI. Buried with military honors; funeral parade in her honor. Trained at Evanston Hospital Nurses Training Program. Member of the Reserve Army Nurse Corps, attached to the Evanston Hospital. Was to be part of the Base Hospital 12.


Helen Burnett Wood was killed on board the US Steamer ‘Magnolia’ en route to France during the First World War. She was killed when a piece of shell struck her during target practice. Another nurse, Edith Ayres was also killed, while Emma Matzen was wounded, both from Chicago. All three women were traveling to France as Red Cross nurses for Base Hospital no. 12. Previously, Wood was on the nursing staff of the Evanston hospital, and was night superintendent for a time. She was the first Evanston resident to die in WWI.

Education: Evanston Hospital Nurses Training School, 1914 graduate

Sources: EHC: Women EHC: Photo Files EHC: Bio files

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