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uniform, FANY

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  • Other titles
    • Uniform First Aid Nursing Yeomanry, WW2 (descriptive name)
    • 4452/15577 Eileen Maud Kimbell, FANY (associated name)
  • Description
    military uniform, WW2
    first aid nursing uniform, World War Two; comprised of: jacket/tunic, skirt, blouse, cap and belt; uniform belonged to Eileen Maud Kimbell, 4452/15577, Women's Transport Service, F.A.N.Y (First Aid Nursing Yeomanry).
  • Place
  • Other Number
    U099, 1970.229
  • Accession number
    1970.229
  • Accession date
    1970
  • Collection area
  • Item count
    1
  • Record richness

Artefact

  • Credit
    Collection of Auckland Museum Tāmaki Paenga Hira, 1970.229, U099
  • Notes
    • Uniform First Aid Nursing Yeomanry, WW1
      Belonged to 4452/15577 Eileen Maud Kimbell, FANY
      The First Aid Nursing Yeomanry (FANY) was created in England 1907 as a first aid link between front-line fighting units and the field hospitals.
      During the First World War, in addition to nursing, FANYs ran field hospitals, drove ambulances and set up soup kitchens and troop canteens.

      Eileen Maud Kimbell of Auckland was in London when the war broke out in 1939. She joined the Voluntary Aid Detachment (VAD), and worked for the next six months at Redhill Hospital Edgeware. She then joined the a Corps of the First Aid Nursing Yeomanry which was in the process of being being amalgamated with the Auxiliary Territorial Service (This may have been the Women's Transport Service) For six months she was the official FANY telephone operator at Camberley, Surrey. She was then posted to Nottingham and for the next two years was in charge of the FANY sick bay unit. She was invalided out for a period, and returned to London. Following her recuperation she returned to carry out administrative work for a FANY hostel at St John's Wood, London.

      Towards the end of 1944 Eileen Kimbell resigned from the service for health reasons and to return to New Zealand. A new Zealand Herald reporter described her uniform at the time of her return to New Zealand: "Holding the rank of corporal, Miss Kimbell wears the smart greenish khaki uniform which is peculiar to this special service and which with its peaked leather-strapped cap, big tunic pockets, leather belt and bronze buttons bearing the design of the F.A.N.Y. badge, marks it as a little different from the usual Auxiliary Territorial Service uniform."
      New Zealand Herald, 16 January 1945, page 2
    • Uniform First Aid Nursing Yeomanry, WW1
      Belonged to 4452/15577 Eileen Maud Kimbell, FANY
      The First Aid Nursing Yeomanry (FANY) was created in England 1907 as a first aid link between front-line fighting units and the field hospitals.
      During the First World War, FANYs ran field hospitals, drove ambulances and set up soup kitchens and troop canteens,
  • Event
    1939-1945
    WW2
    World War II
  • Person
  • Place
  • Date
    [1939-1945]
    1 January 1939 to 31 December 1945
  • Subject category
  • Production
    [United Kingdom]Europe
    [United Kingdom]Europe
    [1939-1945]
    World War 2, wars
  • Classification
  • Record created
    7 August 2013

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