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Head nurse in winter uniform, Canadian Nursing Service, circa 1908

Caption: Head nurse in winter uniform, Canadian Nursing Service, circa 1908

Canadian military nurses served in South Africa, and the Nursing Service was formed in 1901. Initially dressed in khaki for service in South Africa, they were given more formal uniforms in 1907. This reconstruction by Ron Volstad shows a nurse's winter uniform. The painting is based on a photo of Georgina Fane Pope, a woman of exceptional talents who was the Service's first head. (Canadian Department of National Defence)