Duncan Cenotaph

As part of our project to document the names on the Duncan Cenotaph in Charles Hoey Park, here is a page about Dorothy Twist, a nurse who died 26 September 1918 while serving with the Voluntary Aid Detachment (V.A.D.).

Here is the local Cowichan Leader newspaper report of the death of Dorothy Twist:

“Miss Dorothy Twist, V.A.D.

We regret to announce that Miss Dorothy Twist died, probably from pneumonia, on September 26th, at Frensham Military Hospital, England. The deep sympathy of the district goes out to her parents Mr. and Mrs P. G. Twist of Shawnigan Lake.

Shortly after the war [began] she went to England and worked as a V.A.D. nurse in Switzerland. Returning through ill health, she volunteered again and went out last May with two other nurses from the Victoria Central Nursing Division, No. 34. She was born in England and was serving at Frensham when she laid down her life.”

(Source: Cowichan Leader, 12 October 1918, from Cowichan Valley Museum & Archives files)

The Frensham Military Hospital building is now the Frensham Heights School, Farnsham, Surrey, U.K.

Here are some addition sources of information about Dorothy Twist:

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