|Date made||c 1941-1945|
Second World War, 1939-1945
Apron with Red Cross badge : Private N S Eglinton, Australian Army Medical Women's Service
White cotton apron with full skirt and front bib. Two wide straps are sewn to the top of the bib to secure the apron over the back. The skirt is secured around the waist by a small button at the back. The skirt has a shaped patch pocket on the right side and a Red Cross emblem is sewn to the centre of the bib.
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.