Broad brim fur felt hat : Private N S Eglinton, Australian Army Medical Women's Service

Accession Number REL30717.001
Collection type Heraldry
Object type Headdress
Physical description Fur felt; Leather
Maker Unknown
Place made Australia
Date made 1942
Conflict Second World War, 1939-1945

Khaki fur felt hat with cotton puggaree. A colour patch for 2/6 Australian General Hospital is sewn on the right side of the puggaree. The leather sweatband is marked 'N.S.E. 85N'at the back and stamped 'V.235 6 7/8 1942' on the left. The inside of the crown is marked in ink with 'EGLINTON'. A leather chin strap with square metal buckles is attached to the sweatband.

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 win HMAS Parkes.