Badge, Silver Fern (New Zealand Army Nursing Service Corps)

A silver metal silver fern shaped New Zealand Army Nursing Service Corps badge. The badge features " N.Z." in raised capitals on the fern design. The badge is mounted on a piece of card along with other medals and badges on A Certificate of The Services in the New Zealand Expeditionary Forces issued to Mary Ellen Affleck.
See full details

Object detail

Production period
Subject person
Credit line
This badge was worn by 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. These silver fern badges were worn as part of the uniform of the New Zealand Army Nursing Service Corps during World War I. In the book The War Effort of New Zealand, published in 1923 Hester Maclean, writes of the first contingent of nurses she led as Matron-in-Chief, that "A picturesque group they made in their coats of grey and scarlet, so well known as the British Army Nurses' uniform, varied somewhat to distinguish their special unit, and with a silver badge of fern leaf and a red cross to represent New Zealand." See New Zealand Electronic Text Centre 

Also see: Cenotaph Database record at Auckland War Memorial Museum.,%201914-1918 
Accession number
Collection type


Public comments

Be the first to comment on this object record.

Google reCaptchaThis site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.