Loughron, Mary McLean (Matron, b.1886 - d.?)

Unit Queen Alexandra's Imperial Military Nursing Service
Place Europe: France
Accession Number 3DRL/4122
Collection type Private Record
Record type Collection
Measurement 2 wallets: 3 cm, plus 1 oversize item
Object type Papers, Photograph, Work of art
Maker Various
Place made Australia, United Kingdom: England
Date made 1916-1939
Access Open
Related File This file can be accessed via the Memorial's Reading Room. AWM315 749/060/016
Conflict First World War, 1914-1918
Description

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.

History / Summary

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.