|Unit||Queen Alexandra's Imperial Military Nursing Service|
|Collection type||Private Record|
|Measurement||2 wallets: 3 cm, plus 1 oversize item|
|Object type||Papers, Photograph, Work of art|
|Place made||Australia, United Kingdom: England|
|Related File This file can be accessed via the Memorial's Reading Room.||AWM315 749/060/016|
First World War, 1914-1918
Loughron, Mary McLean (Matron, b.1886 - d.?)
Collection relating to the First World War service of Matron Mary McLean Loughron
Collection consists of:
1. Framed statement re the portrait of Matron Loughron in the Gallery of Portraits of the Allies in the Luxembourg, Paris (oversize item)
2. Framed Mentioned in Despatches certificate for Matron Loughron
3. Framed circular letter from the King: The Queen and I wish you God-speed.
4. Two volumes of humorous nursing illustrations for each letter of the alphabet.
5. Two news clippings re Loughron's career
6. Photograph of Matron Loughron (in centre of photo), Melbourne, 1939.
Matron Loughron, born in Winchelsea, Vic, served as a nurse with the British Army in France in the Queen Alexandra Imperial Medical Nursing Service Reserve (QAIMNSR) from the beginning of 1915 to the end of the First World War, and immediately afterwards as Matron of the Peace Conference Hospital in Paris. As Staff Nurse Loughron, she was Mentioned in Despatches on 30 April 1916 for gallant and distinguished conduct in the field. In 1917, Matron Loughron received the Royal Red Cross (2nd class) medal and after the end of the First World War, the Royal Red Cross (1st Class) medal.