Light weight drill jacket : Private N S Eglinton, Australian Army Medical Women's Service

Accession Number REL30717.002
Collection type Heraldry
Object type Uniform
Physical description Cotton drill; Brass
Maker Unknown
Place made Australia
Date made 1943
Conflict Second World War, 1939-1945

Light weight cotton drill jacket in khaki drab. The jacket is long sleeved with four patch pockets. Two are below the waist and secured with button fastened flaps. The other two are pleated patch breast pockets also with button fastened flaps. The jacket is fitted at the waist and flares slightly over the hips. An inverted pleat is sewn into the back below the yoke for ease of wear. The jacket has a fold down collar and is fastened at the front by five brass Australian Military Force buttons. A belt of the same fabric is fastened around the waist by a metal slide buckle. A white maker's label is sewn inside the collar. The shoulder straps have embroidered 'AUSTRALIA' titles attached and a Red Cross badge is sewn onto the right arm.

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.