Kerr, Helen

Born in Saskatchewan on August 2, 1919, Helen Louise Kerr was a former nurse who served in WWII. She is currently 99, and lives in Toronto. As a child, she lived on a farm with her family members, including six siblings, four of whom would serve in the war. Her mother was a teacher and her father was a carpenter and homesteader.  Helen was the third child; she grew up during the depression, and went to nursing school when she was older. When the war came, Helen joined the services, and she was sent overseas where she was a nurse following the advance of the Canadian army. First she was stationed in England, and about a month after D-Day she went to the continent, serving in field hospitals in France, Belgium, and the Netherlands. While overseas, she met her husband. After the war, they both moved back to Canada and settled down.

Members of the grade 10 History class of Crestwood interviewed Helen Kerr in 2019, visiting her in the Sunnybrook Veterans’ Wing.