British Red Cross nurse at the first World War, composed of purple striped cotton dresses with front detachable sleeves, apron, stood on the shoulders with buttons, collar, and cuff. The set was generally completed by white cuffs or short sleeves.
QAIMNS nurses WWI. [World War I Nurses were members of the Queen Alexandra's Imperial Military Nursing Service (QAIMNS) and there were about 10,000 regular and reserve QAs serving in countries such as France, India, East Africa, Italy, Palestine, Egypt, Mesopotamia, Salonika and Russia.]
In 1923 Princess Mary (who had volunteered as a nurse as you can see from this picture taken in 1920) and daughter of King George V, gave the RAFNS her royal patronage and the Service was renamed Princess Mary's Royal Air Force Nursing Service. Initially nurses from the PMRAFNS cared for patients in medical centres and rehab hospitals,as well as RAF and Military hospitals both in Britain and abroad. They nursed patients prior to evacuation from the battle zone.
Anna Caroline Maxwell, Founder of the Army Nurse Corps – (1851 to 1929) – Known as the American Florence Nightingale, bravely cared for wounded men, improved sanitary conditions of military hospitals, and trained nurses for care during the Spanish-American War. Her intelligence and experience from years in the nursing profession equipped Maxwell for the enormous task during this chaotic time.