SORRY, I'VE POSTED THIS IN ERROR (LAST WEEK ALSO!). SOMEDAY I'LL FIGURE OUT HOW TO POST TO SEPIA SATURDAY.
This is not a relative but a photograph from my collection of vintage photos. And it's the one that haunts me the most. Such a sad story. The photo is marked:
Eleanor Ensign Mills - 1917
Volunteer nurse with Dr. Fitch's unit in France
Eleanor graduated from Smith College in 1911. She was from N.Y. city. I couldn't find out where she did her nurse's training - maybe at John Hopkins.
Dr. Ralph Fitch was affiliated with John Hopkins hospital and during WW1 he helped staff a hospital in Yvetot, France. He brought Red Cross nurses from the U.S. to France.
So she served in France and then came home for a much needed vacation from the war. Here's what it says on the back of the photo:
Died March 29, 1918 flu
on vacation in N.Y.
Trunk packed in room to return to France end of week.
During the war there were 1000s of red cross volunteer nurses serving in France. Nurses from all corners of the U.S. were volunteering. Eleanor was one of them. She was never able to finish her patriotic duty.