Fonds PHO-C2 - Edna MacLachlan fonds

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Edna MacLachlan fonds

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  • [ca.1914]-1918 (Creation)

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10 b&w photographs

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Lieutenant Edna T. MacLachlan enlisted as a nursing sister with the Canadian Army Medical Corps in Montreal and went overseas to England on August 15, 1914 and on to France in early 1915. At the outset of WW I, France had very little in the way of army field hospitals and the Canadians furnished the French with two Casualty Clearance Stations complete with equipment and personnel. Edna was attached to one of these units and saw much action, coming under fire on several occasions. In recognition of her bravery in remaining on duty during several bombing raids, Liet. MacLachlan was awarded the 'Croix De Guerre with Palms' by the French government . She was also honored by the British and was presented at Buckingham Palace. Edna returned to England in December of 1918 and later to Canada in 1919. Edna MacLachlan died in 1977 at the age of 95 in Wiarton, Ontario.

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Edna's photographs, documenting aspects of her experience as a nurse in France and England during WW I, were donated to the Dugald Costume Museum by her son, Don MacLachlan, in 1982.

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With the exception of one photograph labeled 'Orpington, England, 1915', the photographs cannot be dated with any more accuracy than ca.1914 - 1918. Most of the photographs depict posed groups of CAMC nursing sisters, including a group of Canadian nursing sisters picking poppies in the Flanders area.Two are interior views of army field hospitals and one features four servicemen, one in a wheel chair.

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There is no reason to believe that the arrangement of the photographs by the accessioning archivist has any significance.

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No reproduction or publication without the permission of the Costume Museum of Canada.

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The finding aids for this holding are the catalogue cards for PHO-C2 and the photograph collection photocopies.

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The majority of the 10 photographs in this holding are small format black and white snapshots, however, there are several larger prints including a 25 x 17.5 cm hand coloured photograph of Lieutenant MacLachlan and some fellow nursing sisters picking poppies in the Flanders area.

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