Voluntary Aid Detachment

The Voluntary Aid Detachment was a unit of civilians providing nursing care for military personnel in the United Kingdom and various other countries in the British Empire.

Although VADs were intimately bound up in the war effort, they were not military nurses, as they were not under the control of the military, unlike the Queen Alexandra’s Royal Army Nursing Corps, the Princess Mary’s Royal Air Force Nursing Service, and the Queen Alexandra’s Royal Naval Nursing Service.

The VAD nurses worked in field hospitals close to the battlefield, and in longer-term places of recuperation back in Britain.

Commonwealth War Graves

Chinn, Nurse Lilian (d1917, aged 23, illness)

Commonwealth War Graves from the camera of CKPonderingsToo

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