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Nursing Sister’s military uniform veil

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Dates
1950
1991
circa 1950-1991
Collection
Glenys Elliott Collection
Category
Military
Military Uniform Accessories
Clothing
Nursing
Nursing Uniforms
Classification
Military
Military Uniform Accessories
Clothing
Nursing
Nursing Uniforms
Accession Number
011010001
Description
Sheer starched white cotton organdy 92.0 cm square nursing sister's veil with a 5.5 cm hemmed border.
Accession Number
011010001
Collection
Glenys Elliott Collection
Category
Military
Military Uniform Accessories
Clothing
Nursing
Nursing Uniforms
Classification
Military
Military Uniform Accessories
Clothing
Nursing
Nursing Uniforms
MeSH Heading
Clothing
Textiles
Military
Military -- textile
Military -- nursing
Military -- Nursing Sisters
Military Personnel -- nurse
Military Uniform -- nurse
Description
Sheer starched white cotton organdy 92.0 cm square nursing sister's veil with a 5.5 cm hemmed border.
Number Of Parts
1
Provenance
Worn by Nursing Sister Glenys Elliott
Dates
1950
1991
circa 1950-1991
Date Remarks
Dates donor wore a nursing sister's uniform
Material
fabric: white
Permanent Location
Storage Room 0007
0007 M
Length
92.0 cm
Depth
91.0 cm
Unit Of Measure
centimeters
Dimension Notes
Length 92.0 cm x Depth 91.0 cm
Condition Remarks
Like new
Copy Type
Original
Reference Types
Person
Websites
Museums
Reference Comments
Internet; Canada's Nursing Sisters; Veterans Affairs Canada; www.vac-acc.gc.ca
Military Uniforms, "Branch of the Master General of the Ordnance", Effective 1 Nov 1939.
“Nursing Sister’s apron, Royal Canadian Army Medical Corps (RCAMC),” Museum of Health Care. http://artefact.museumofhealthcare.ca/?p=79
Research Facts
Nursing Sister Glenys Elliott trained as a nurse at St. Mary's Hospital, Paddington, England and was in the Royal Canadian Navy (1964) until retirement in November 1991. Nursing Sisters wore this type of "nurse's cap, a white veil, especially for nursing sisters' uniforms during World War I (1914-1918) and World War II (1939-1945).
Dress Regulations, Nursing Sisters Royal Canadian Army Medical Corps, 1940: describes the regulation uniform for Nursing sisters: Veil - white organic veil, one yard square, with two inch hem.
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.
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