American Red Cross - I thru M - Elizabeth McWilliams of Summerville, N.J. who sailed from New York in October as a Red Cross nurse's aid and died of pneumonia just as the ship reached the British port. She is buried not far from Red Cross Headuarters in London. There was an outbreak of influenza on the ship in which Miss McWilliams sailed. She worked hard all the first day scrubbing out the influenza-infected baggage room to provide a temporary hospital. That night she worked as an emergency cook for three hours and then until midnight wrote letters for the influenza patients. Next morning she herelf was stricken. Her last words were "I am happy because I've tried to be a real American."
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American Red Cross - I thru M
1917 - 1918
The U.S. National Archives
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