Alternative Name(s): VAD Uniform

Voluntary Aid Detachment uniform worn by the donor, Mrs Aldred, during World War II. She 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, changing bed pans, food services and other support roles. They did not work in military hospitals, instead working on hospital ships, troop trains, and in Red Cross convalescent and rest homes.

Physical Description

Mid-blue linen dress from Voluntary Aid Detachment uniform. Dress has short sleeves with turned-up edges and a turn-down collar with wide revers. Skirt is slightly flared and joined to bodice at waist. Belt is threaded through belt loops and fastens with a button. Strip of white linen worn around the neck, over the top part of the collar of the dress. Veil - cotton organdie, ties under the back of the head and falls in a loose point behind. Hat which belongs to the V.A.D. uniform. Hat is blue, made of stiff cotton.

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