Badge, New Zealand Army Nursing Service

A New Zealand Army Nursing Service badge. The sterling silver badge features an enamelled red cross at the centre. The cross is surmounted by a crown and flanked by fern leaves. " N.Z.A.N.S " is marked on a blue enamelled scroll below the cross. "1275 " is marked on the back of the crown. 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.
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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. " Prior to departure from New Zealand nurses were presented with their badges and gifts at special farewell gatherings." See the book New Zealand Military Nursing p.28. Also See: Cenotaph Database record at Auckland War Memorial Museum.,%201914-1918 
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