Ella Osborn

Ella Osborn

World War I


Ella Jane Osborn, a nurse deployed to France during World War I, is buried at Wainscott Cemetery in New York. She kept a remarkable diary in 1918 and 1919 that captured her experiences during the war.



Image Source: Ella Jane Osborn, View of a page in the diary of World War I army nurse Ella Jane Osborn, ca. 1918-1919, Gilder Lehrman Institute, GLC06570

Page from Ella Jane Osborn's diary showing text for In Flanders Fields

Ella Osborn’s Biography

Primary Source: Ella Osborn’s Diary

Osborn kept a diary from January 1918 through April 1919 that offers unique and humanizing insight into the lives of World War I Service Members—the daily routines, hardships, and brief moments of normality in the life of a front-line nurse. Learn more about the diary in this essay by Susan F. Saidenberg (History Now subscription required).