Elspeth Anne Gould, nurse, was born January 29, 1885 in Rochester, N.Y. to William and Annie Gould. After her father’s death the next year, Gould’s widowed mother returned to her hometown of Carleton Place, Ontario, where Elspeth was raised. Gould attended the Presbyterian Hospital School of Nursing (later the Columbia University School of Nursing) from which she graduated in 1909. She became a head nurse at Presbyterian Hospital and then Second Assistant Superintendent at the Hospital’s School of Nursing.
In May 1917 Gould went overseas as Assistant Chief Nurse of the Presbyterian Hospital unit, United States Base Hospital No. 2, assigned to Étretat in the Normandy region of France. Because it took over General Hospital No. 1 of the British Expeditionary Force, Base Hospital No. 2 is sometimes referred to by that designation. To add to the confusion, the hospital was originally organized as American Red Cross Hospital No. 1. Nevertheless, its official U.S. title was Base Hospital No. 2. Though staffed by Americans, the majority of the hospital’s patients continued to be British servicemen.
After returning to the U.S. in 1919, Gould spent the early 1920s as a nurse at the Standard Oil Company’s hospital in Tampico, Mexico. She spent the remainder of her career as a private duty nurse in New York City. She died on December 26, 1962 in New York and is buried at Arlington National Cemetery.