X. Operation Crimson (July, 1944) represented the first time HMS Queen Elizabeth was able to use her main guns in anger since the Gallipoli Campaign in 1915(!). QE and her 15" gunned sisters (Valiant, Renown & Richelieu) hammered away at the port of Sabang. Between them the four ships fired 294 rounds from their main guns. QE next took part in Operation Boomerang- providing protection for search & rescue ships. The next time QE would really get into it with the Japanese was in January, 1945, during Operation Matador- providing a pre-assault bombardment & fire support for ground troops during the capture of the Burmese port of Kyaukpyu. In April, during Operation Sunfish, QE again bombarded Japanese positions at Oeleelhue & Padang. Later that month her guns supported the British-Indian Army's XV Corps & 26th Division during the recapture of Rangoon. In July Queen Elizabeth was recalled to the UK and replaced as flagship by HMS Nelson.
Departing her base at Trincomalee (on Sri Lanka) on July 17th, Queen Elizabeth touched at Aden, passed through the Suez to Alexandria, through the now quiet Mediterranean to Gibraltar, finally arriving at Rosyth on August 15th where she was paid off. Post-war she was briefly part of the Home Fleet before being placed on the Disposal List. Paid off for the last time in May of 1948, the proud old lady, lead ship of inarguably the finest, most useful class of battleships ever built by the Royal Navy, was sent to the scrapper in June of that year.
The incredible contribution of Canadian nursing sisters in the First World War can be best appreciated by examining their experiences during their service. Women left their families and homes to answer the call to duty and serve their country. Many worked in substandard conditions, with poor sanitation and limited supplies of water. They cared for soldiers with horrendous wounds caused by new advancements in weaponry. Canadian nurses adapted to a situation that was completely unlike their lives in Canada, and for which their work in Canadian hospitals could not possibly have prepared them. By drawing on their strengths and knowledge, they comforted and mended the soldiers in their care. Their dedication to their work, their country and, most importantly, to their patients, serves to measure their contribution to the Canadian war effort.