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Autograph Book - Nurse Taffy Evans, 1919 Document Reg. No: ST 042857

Nurse Taffy Evans' World War I autograph album for 1919. Written on the multi coloured pages are messages of thanks and good will to Nurse Evans. The 'Boys of C Ward' at the 52nd Stationary Hospital composed several songs about her 'bringing in the pills'.

There is a sketch of her in uniform, a letter from a soldier bidding her a sad farewell and a cartoon of a soldier returning from war on a stretcher. Some of the men in the ward have the influenza.

Nurse J. (Taffy) Evans worked at several hospitals in England, France and Belgium during World War I. Her documents mention King George Hospital in London; Number 2 London General Hospital, Chelsea; Number 30 General Hospital, Calais, France; 52nd General Hospital; and 52nd Stationary Hospital, Havre, France (Ward C). Nurse Evans left London for service in France on 23 April 1917, and probably remained in Europe until the end of the War.

2,139 Australian nurses served in World War I in the Australian Army Nursing Service; a further 130 worked within the British nursing service. The reputation of nurses improved during the War as they became an integral part of emergency care, taking on increasingly complex work and running entire hospital operations. By 1917, some were even working in casualty clearing stations.
Acquisition Information:
Donation & Subsequent Transfer from Returned Services League of Australia Limited (RSL) Victorian Branch, 1986
Discipline: Technology
Dimensions: 200 mm (Height), 163 mm (Width)
Dimension Comment: Size of letter entitled "My Dear Nurse" - single hand-written sheet, tucked into autograph book

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Tagged with: hospitals, wars conflicts, healthcare medicine, world war i 1914-1918, soldiers, nurses, medical workers, autographs
Themes this item is part of: Medicine in Society Collection, Public Life & Institutions Collection
Primary Classification: MILITARY HISTORY
Secondary Classification: Souvenirs & Mementoes
Tertiary Classification: autograph books
Inscriptions: 'TO SISTER EVANS...' [extensive text follows]
Place & Date Depicted: France, 1919
Organisation Named: 52nd Stationary Hospital, 1919
Past Owner: Sister Jane (Taffy) Evans, 1919
References: Information on Australian nurses in World War I from '1918: Australians in France - Nurses - "The roses of No Man's Land"', Australian War Memorial, http://www.awm.gov.au/exhibitions/1918/medical/nurses.asp, accessed 27 May 2010.

No information is available on J. (Taffy) Evans in the Australian War Memorial, National Archives of Australia or National Archives (UK) web sites - 27/5/2010.

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