9. Catherine Logue – WWI Army nurse

This week’s 52 Ancestors Challenge, blog post, I have decided to focus on a female relative in honor of Women’s History Month. My great grand aunt, Catherine A. Logue seemed like the ideal candidate to write about within this theme.

Catherine was born on February 27, 1880 in Allentown, Pennsylvania to Manus and Ann Logue. She was the youngest child out of seven. She was baptized on March 7, 1880 at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church. Her sponsors were Francis Hynes and his wife, Mary Shields.

I did not know very much about Catherine, until one day while browsing GenealogyBank. While trying to search for an obituary for another uncle, I came across this article in the Harrisburg Patriot in which told the story of Catherine, who served in the Army nurse corp in France and her attempts to see her nephew, Francis Logue, while he was stationed in the same area.

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This little article was such a goldmine for me! I had known nothing of either Catherine, nor of Francis before this. I really wanted to learn more of Catherine. I immediately Googled “Base Hospital, no. 38, France” and learned that it had been organized under Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia. Upon further investigation, I had found Catherine’s name (spelled as Katherine) in the Appendix that included a list of officers, nurses, civilians and enlisted men that served with the Base Hospital no. 38.

Catherine took an oath and began active duty on April 2, 1918. She along with the rest of the Nursing Corp, sailed from New York to France on May 18th. The hospital was set up in Nantes, France in June and began receiving patients 11 days later. Nurses and doctors treated almost 2400 cases at one time while in operation. Catherine served in France for almost a year. She returned back to New York City around March 20, 1919. She was honorably discharged on April 25, 1919.

Catherine remained in New York City for the remainder of her life, working as a nurse. She died, unmarried, on February 8, 1957. Her niece filed to have a military headstone installed on her grave.

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This is about all I know of Catherine Logue. I would like to find out more about her time in France, but not really sure where to look next. I am also still awaiting for someone to upload a picture of her headstone on Findagrave.com. I would love to hear from anyone that has also had an ancestor who served in the Army Nurse Corps.

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