Winter outdoor uniform jacket : Miss N S Eglinton, Voluntary Aid Detachment

Place Oceania: Australia
Accession Number REL30713.001
Collection type Heraldry
Object type Uniform
Physical description Brass; Wool
Maker Unknown
Place made Australia
Date made c 1941-1942
Conflict Second World War, 1939-1945

Dark blue wool winter outdoor uniform jacket. The jacket is fully lined and has three patch pockets, two below the waist with buttoned flaps, and one small left breast pocket with a woven Red Cross badge. The jacket is fitted at the waist, and flares over the hips. The jacket has a fold down collar and is fastened at the front by two brass Australian Military Force buttons. A self fabric belt is fastened around the waist by a metal slide buckle. The jacket also has the colour patch of 128 General Hospital sewn on the upper left arm. Inside the right shoulder seam is a white cotton label marked 'S.7581 EGGLINTON'.

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.