Badge, New Zealand Returned Soldiers' Association (Nurses)

A New Zealand Returned Soldiers' Association (nurses) badge. The silver badge bears a red enamelled cross and is surmounted by a crown. " N Z " flanks the crown. " RETURNED SOLIDERS / ASSOCIATION is also marked on the badge. "RGD 861" is also marked in small lettering on the badge.
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This badge was awarded to Mary Ellen Affleck, a daughter of Robert and Jessie Affleck, of Opunake. Mary trained as a nurse and embarked as a nurse with the New Zealand Army Nursing Service Corps during World War I. She served in the New Zealand General Hospital in Cairo, Egypt and in the General Hospital in Brockenhurst, England. She also appears to have served on hospital transport ships. See: Cenotaph Database record at Auckland War Memorial Museum.,%201914-1918 
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