Hat - Uniform, Voluntary Aid Detachment, World War II, 1939-1945 Object Reg. No: SH 900682 5

Blue Voluntary Aid Detachment uniform hat. Worn by the donor, Mrs Aldred, who had always wanted to be a nurse but had contracted 'brain fever' when young and was declared medically unfit for nursing.

Voluntary Aid Detachment personnel were essentially orderlies - responsible for cleaning wards and patients, and changing bed pans. They did not work in military hospitals, instead working on hospital ships, troop trains, and in Red Cross convalescent and rest homes.
Blue hat with black band. Slightly convex crown; medium brim around, drooping slightly. Stitched material on blocked interlining which could be buckram.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Mrs Aldred
Discipline: History

More information

Tagged with: wars conflicts, world war ii 1939-1945, nursing, -1
Themes this item is part of: South Melbourne Oral History Project Collection, Clothing & Textiles Collection, Domestic & Community Life Collection, Aldred Collection
Primary Classification: MILITARY HISTORY
Secondary Classification: Civilian Life
Tertiary Classification: uniforms
Date Used: 1939-1945

Probable date used, based on the donor's information about working as a VAD in World War II.
References: Information on Voluntary Aid Detachments from Australian War Memorial web site http://www.awm.gov.au/encyclopedia/vad.asp, accessed 2/10/2010.

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