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Admiral Digby Museum


Accession number: 1992.71.1
Object type: Military
Date: 1914 – 1918
Materials: Wool, cloth, brass.
Military Unit: R.C.A.M.C.
Culture: Canadian
Description: Navy Wool cape lined with red fabric and two long straps. Brass chain at neck with two lion claps.
History of Use: More than 3,000 nurses served in the Canadian Army Medical Corps (CAMC) in WWI, including 2,504 overseas. Nicknamed "bluebirds" because of their blue uniforms and white veils, Canada's Nursing Sisters saved lives by assisting with medical operations and by caring for convalescing soldiers. More than 4000 women served as military nurses during the Second World War after the CAMC became the RCAMC (Royal Canadian Army Medical Corps) playing a vital role in the care and comfort of wounded soldiers, sailors, and airmen.  

In colder weather, the CAMC and RCAMC nursing uniform included a navy cape. Although the cape was the same color of the Ceremonial Dress, it was often worn with the Service Dress as well. The cape was supposed to be worn with the straps under the collar of the Service Dress and the neck chain attached.