Women of Sacrifice – Pearl Talbot
Miss Pearl Talbot, who graduated from the Guelph General Hospital School of Nursing in 1910, was employed at the hospital during the Spanish influenza epidemic in 1918. Influenza was affecting multiple sites in the city, including the Ontario Agricultural College, which reported over 15 cases of the deadly flu. Pearl interacted with several of the admitted patients at the hospital. She, along with three work colleagues, died of the viral infection in 1918. A memorial plaque was erected in their honor in 1919 recognizing their bravery, selflessness and the risks they took to care for others.
Influenza Epidemic Memorial Tablet, 1919 | 2012.117.1085
Pearl Talbot’s GGH School of Nursing’s Graduation Medal, 1910 | 2012.117.786