|Voluntary Aid Detachments were formed by the British Red Cross and Order of St.John in 1909.|
Nurses and Male Orderlies belonged to one of the two organizations.
They served under qualified nursing staff in hospitals both in Britain and overseas.
Of the 74,000 VAD staff in 1914 over 70% were women.
Red Cross and St John VADs had equal status.
|Both nurses wore a uniform with a white apron. |
The Red Cross nurses wore a blue dress with a red cross on the apron bib. St.John nurses wore grey dresses with the St John V.A.D armband. Both wore a Red Cross Armband when on active service, this gave them protection under the Geneva Convention.
Training was given by the Order of St.John thus you may see Red Cross nurses wearing the St.Johns qualification medal from their belt.
Both about 20 years old date about1917 Estimate born 1897 ±5 years
LHS embossed: John M Flint Catford. SE §   RHS inscribed: Freda as V.A.D