Helen Grace McClelland

Helen Grace McClelland, 1911

R.N., Director of Nursing
Pennsylvania Hospital

Citation awarded on Saturday, June 4, 1949

Helen Grace McClelland has been director of nursing at Pennsylvania Hospital, Philadelphia, since 1933. She served in France during World War I, both before and after the entry of the United States. She received the Distinguished Service Cross for Extraordinary Heroism under heavy fire. She was cited by the British Royal Red Cross First Class for services as a theatre nurse on a surgical team at a casualty clearing station. She was mentioned in dispatches by Field Marshall Sir Douglas Haig for gallant and distinguished services, and Winston Churchill wrote: “I have it in command from the King to record His Majesty’s high appreciation of your services.”