Pair of gloves : Miss N S Eglinton, Voluntary Aid Detachment

Accession Number REL30711
Collection type Heraldry
Object type Uniform
Physical description Cotton
Maker Unknown
Place made Australia
Date made c 1941-1945
Conflict Second World War, 1939-1945

Pair of blue cotton gloves with stitching around the thumb and between each finger. Three raised ridges are stitched down the centre of the back. The gloves extend beyond the wrist and a small piece of elastic is sewn to the underside of the glove at the wrist. A white name tape embroidered in red with 'NANCY EGLINTON' is sewn inside each hem.

History / Summary

Worn by SFX15101 Private Nancy Stewart Eglinton. Eglinton was born in Adelaide, South Australia in January 1918 and enlisted in the Voluntary Aid Detachment on 10 November 1941. In 1942 Eglinton, with the majority of VADs, was transferred to the newly formed Australian Army Medical Women's Service. During the war she served in Northern Queensland, and possibly in New Guinea towards the end of the war. She served with 128 Australian General Hospital (AGH), 2/6 AGH and when discharged on 26 April 1946 she was serving with 101 AGH, based in Northfield, Adelaide. At the end of war she met and later married S3509 Colin Malcolm McEachern, a telegraphist from the Royal Australian Navy who served as a coast watcher during the war. He was awarded the Distinguished Service Medal during his service in HMAS Parkes.