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

Accession Number REL30715.001
Collection type Heraldry
Object type Uniform
Physical description Cotton cesarine
Maker Myer Emporium Ltd
Place made Australia: South Australia, Adelaide
Date made c 1941-1942
Conflict Second World War, 1939-1945

Light blue cesarine summer outdoor uniform jacket. The jacket has three patch pockets, two below the waist with buttoned flaps, and one small left breast pocket made from a Red Cross badge on a white background. 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 buttons, both of which are missing. The jacket has shoulder straps and buttoned cuffs. A maker's label is sewn inside the collar and is marked in ink 'EGLINTON'.

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.