A list of all clothing provisions and requirements (WO 43/963)
Uniform upper clothing will be provided by Government comprising, in the first year, the following articles:
1 cloak with hood
1 Derry wrapper
1 pair of Indian-rubber goloshes.
6 check aprons.
2 best caps,
1 white straw bonnet.
1 dark straw bonnet.
3 print gowns.
2 linseywoolsey gowns.
1 cape or light shawl.
1 woolen jacket.
2 pairs of sleeves.
1 alpaca gown.
1 flannel wrapper.
The above articles will not be supplied all at once, but in such manner as may be deemed expedient with reference to the season of the year. A box for these articles will also be furnished to each Nurse.
Each Nurse may take with her as much under-clothing as her box will hold. She is expected to have in good condition the following articles:
1 dark stuff or cotton gown,
2 flannel petticoats,
2 upper petticoats,
2 pairs of stays,
6 pairs of stockings,
2 night shifts,
4 pocket handkerchiefs,
3 night caps,
3 pairs of boots or shoes,
and all other necessary articles;
1 brush and comb,
1 small-tooth comb,
1 tooth brush,
also a carpet bag, to contain all that is wanted for the voyage. After one year’s service, 2/. worth of regulation clothing will be provided every six months.
No Nurse is to expect any gift of clothing beyond this.« Return to Florence Nightingale
4. This list is part of a booklet given to all the nurses who travelled to Scutari with Florence Nightingale.
- Think about the nurses you have seen again. What kind of uniform do they wear?
- Look at the document. Why do you think the nurses would need so many different types of clothing?
- How easy do you think it would have been to move around and work wearing these clothes?
- Why do you think that the nurses weren’t given all their clothes at once?