WW1 Commenwealth nurses uniform – part 4

This is the last post of a serie of four on WW1 nurse’s uniform. This text gives you a comparison of other WW1 woman nursing personnel uniform who were wearing with the Australian and British forces. I do not pretend that this text is the definitive source of information but rather some observations made after looking at many WW1 Canadian Nursing Sisters pictures. I was never able to find the official Dress Regulations for the WW1 Canadian Nursing Sisters so these posts are the starting point to something that could evolve as I get new information on the subject.

You can find the first post on WW1 Canadian Nursing Sister Service Dress by clicking here, the second post on the Ceremonial Dress by clicking here and third post on How the Nursing Sister were wearing their uniform by clicking here.

Australian nurse – Frances Mary Byron MacKellar

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A St-John Ambulance – British Red Cross nurse photographed with a relative. Note that she is wearing an armband with Order of St-John emblem.

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Voluntary Aid Detachment – British Red Cross personnel – It’s a common mistake to identify these women as nurse, they were not qualified nurses but rather medical assistant with a basic first aid training. They were employed for various tasks in military hospital, sometime not even related to nursing. Some of those women did the daily tasks of cleaning nursing quarters, preparing the medical materiel ect.

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Queen Alexandra Imperial Military Nursing Service – British Force. Theses woman were civilian and not part of the army. They had three “ranks” or appointment Staff-Nurse, Nursing Sister and Matron. If you look on the right side of their cape, they had a insignia (cape badge) and it was part of the uniform and must be worn at all time.

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Picture of their cape badge and a modern picture that shows the colors of their uniform

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