Portrait of Sister Claire Trestrail, Auxiliary Hospital Unit, Antwerp

Unit Queen Alexandra's Imperial Military Nursing Service
Accession Number P08673.003
Collection type Photograph
Object type Black & white - Print other than silver gelatin
Maker Unknown
Place made United Kingdom: England
Date made 1916
Conflict First World War, 1914-1918
Copyright

Item copyright: Copyright expired - public domain

Public Domain Mark This item is in the Public Domain

Description

Portrait of Sister Claire Evelyn Trestrail, of Clare, SA, dressed in a Queen Alexandra's Imperial Military Nursing Service (Reserve) uniform with voided 'R' Colonial Reserve badge. Working in England when the war began, Sister Trestrail went to Belgium and assisted in setting up a hospital to treat wounded Belgian and French soldiers. Following the capture of Antwerp, Sister Trestrail and other nurses were evacuated to England. In 1915 Sister Trestrail worked with the Queen Alexandra's Imperial Military Nursing Service. She later worked at a number of hospitals in Paris caring for wounded French and Belgian soldiers. After the war Sister Trestrail worked in England for three more years and returned to Australia in 1921. She married in 1922 and during the Second World War was involved in training women for the Voluntary Aid Detachment. She died in 1960. Written on the bottom right hand corner of the photograph: "Claire 1916".