Stamped under button: "WM. SCULLY, LTD // MONTREAL"
Storage Room 0010
One shank is bent, show minor wear
“Nursing Sister’s apron, Royal Canadian Army Medical Corps (RCAMC),” Museum of Health Care. http://artefact.museumofhealthcare.ca/?p=79
Wm. Scully Ltd. is a manufacturing wholesaler operating in Montreal since 1877 that supplies the Government and Units across Canada for over 135 years. William Scully Ltd. supplied equipment for troops going to the Boer War, and, to date, we have made and supplied a wider range of uniform dress items than any firm in the Commonwealth. In 2014 they are still in business.
Lieutenant Nursing Sister Mary (Mae) MacKeigan served in the Royal Candian Army Medical Corps and wore these buttons on her uniform during her service in the Second World War.
More than 4000 women served as military nurses during the Second World War playing a vital role in the care and comfort of wounded soldiers, sailors, and airmen. As commissioned officers known by rank and title as Nursing Sisters, they served as fully-integrated members of the Royal Canadian Army Medical Corps, the Royal Canadian Navy, and the Royal Canadian Air Force. Most of them worked overseas in military hospitals and casualty clearing stations. After the lean years of the 1930s when there were few available positions for graduate nurses, even with the dangers of warfare, military nursing offered a job with a good salary, benefits, status, and a chance to travel.