16th January 2021

Uniform Buttons

St John’s Volunteer Aid Detachment

Backmark: K. G. Luke Pty Ltd Melb The buttons date 1930-1953.

There is an interesting history of the V.A.D. on Wikipedia:  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Voluntary_Aid_Detachment

From Trove:

In 1909 the British Red Cross and St John’s Ambulance Association together formulated a volunteer citizens nursing service which became known as Volunteer Aid Detachments,  with nursing sections for women and a pharmacy/tradesmen/orderly section for men. The women were to supplement the Regular Army nursing service. A similar scheme was suggested in Australia in 1914.

National Archives : V.A.D.  field day in Sydney, 1942.

Examiner (Launceston), 23rd December 1953 page 7.

The Mercury (Hobart), 22nd March 1954 page 6.


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