A uniquely Canadian military moment: Sam Hughes and the No. 7 General Hospital, 1915–1916

A uniquely Canadian military moment: Sam Hughes and the No. 7 General Hospital, 1915–1916

A uniquely Canadian military moment: Sam Hughes and the No. 7 General Hospital, 1915–1916

Can J Surg 2017;60(4):224-227 | PDF | Appendix

Col. Howard G. Coombs, PhD

Summary

Universities across Canada actively supported the call to arms in 1914, and Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, was no different. Though a myriad of units composed of Queen’s faculty and students were created, the university perceived the military hospital raised by the school’s medical faculty to be among its most vital contributions to the First World War. This commentary describes the engagement of the No. 7 General Hospital with the Minister of Militia, Sam Hughes, which has become an almost unknown footnote to its illustrious story.


Accepted June 26, 2017

Acknowledgements: The author thanks Professor Emeritus Ron Haycock of the Royal Military College of Canada for his review and advice, as well as Lindsay Coombs for her assistance editing the article.

Affiliation: From the Royal Military College of Canada, Kingston, Ont.

Competing interests: None declared.

DOI: 10.1503/cjs.008717

Correspondence to: H.G. Coombs, Royal Military College of Canada, Kingston ON K7K 7B4 howard.coombs@rmc.ca