Staff Nurse, Sarah Ann Boyd - Territorial Force Nursing Service
Sarah Ann Boyd, prior to joining the Territorial Force Nursing Service, left England with her brothers (where all had been born) and began homesteading in Saskatchewan Canada. The 1916 census indicates that they immigrated in 1914.
She returned to England and joined for duty 17 April 1917. She was assigned to the 2nd Western General Hospital as a staff nurse.
Her file from The National Archives, WO399/9948, provides proof of her service. It also shows that she was obliged to resign 19 March 1918 as one of her brothers had died and she was needed on the farm. (Another of her brothers, John Boyd, was fighting in France.)
The number found on her file, probably the closest thing to a service number reads: 9 - Nurse B - 181.
While in Canada, Sarah Ann Boyd used the name Margaret although on official documents she is always found as Sarah Ann. She married 07 November 1918 in Hazenmore Saskatchewan, Charles Theophilus Butcher. She continued to utilize her nursing skills in the community of Kincaid Saskatchewan. The first private nursing home was opened in their home in 1921. She died 20 October 1922. She had no children. Her headstone in the cemetery in Kincaid reads:
R.N. Margaret Boyd
20-10-22 Aged 43 Yrs
Her name liveth
I am Sarah's gg niece through her husband, Charles Butcher. I find this lady so fascinating. If there is anyone out there who are related to her, I would love to connect. My name is Jan Corley and I live in Peterborough, Ontario.
Kristen den Hartog commented
Sarah Boyd's page has been created here: https://livesofthefirstworldwar.org/lifestory/7663529. It would be lovely to see more of the wonderful details above added in.