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Photograph - Red Cross Nurses, France, World War I, circa 1919 Image Reg. No: ST 042850

A large sepia photograph of a group of Red Cross nurses or nursing aids, at Le Havre, France during World War I. The women are wearing several types of uniform. Possibly a matron is seated in the middle, with sisters next to and behind her and the nurses in front of her seated on the ground. One of the nurses is holding a dog, possibly the hospital mascot.

Part of a collection relating to the World War I service of Nurse Taffy Evans. Nurse Taffy Evans was at Le Havre with the 52nd Stationary Hospital from 1917 until 1919.

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.

A total of 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.
Large sepia-coloured photograh.
Description Of Content:
Group of nurses in village setting.
Acquisition Information:
Donation & Subsequent Transfer from Returned Services League of Australia Limited (RSL) Victorian Branch, 1986
Discipline: Technology

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Tagged with: hospitals, wars conflicts, world war i 1914-1918, nursing, women s work, nurses, medical corps
Themes this item is part of: Public Life & Institutions Collection
Primary Classification: MILITARY HISTORY
Secondary Classification: Service
Tertiary Classification: medical services & facilities
People Depicted: Evans, Nurse Taffy
Format: Photograph: Black & White
Place & Date Depicted: 52nd Stationary Hospital, Le Havre, France, circa 1919
Organisation Depicted: Army Nursing Service, First World War, Le Havre, France, circa 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,, 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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