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

Accession Number REL30715.002
Collection type Heraldry
Object type Uniform
Physical description Cotton cesarine
Maker Unknown
Place made Australia
Date made c 1941-1942
Conflict Second World War, 1939-1945

Light blue cesarine summer outdoor uniform skirt with inverted centre pleats at the front and back. The shirt fastens on the left hip by five press studs and two hook and eyes. The top of the skirt is finished in a white fabric with two cotton loops for hanging.

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 Eglinton 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 with HMAS Parkes.