- CA OSLER P185
The fonds consists principally of a diary that recounts Gass's experiences as a nurse with the Canadian Army Medical Corps in France and England from 4 March 1915 to 31 December 1916. Her diary contains an early appearance of the poem "In Flanders Field," written by John McCrae during the war upon the burial of a close friend. It is copied out in the diary entry for 30 October, nearly six weeks before its first publication in the magazine Punch on 8 December 1915. Included also in the fonds are ephemeral material originally laid in the pages of the diary, including newspaper clippings, manuscript notes and letters, one photograph, pencil drawings, and ten dried plant specimens. This diary has been edited and published, along with two shorter diaries, by Susan Mann under the title "The War Diary of Clare Gass, 1915-1918" (Montreal, 2000).
Gass, Clare, 1887-1968