National Army Museum, Waiouru, New Zealand : Military History & Army War Museum

WWII Nurses Cape

A recent donation to the National Army Museum is this red winter weight nurses cape. The cape belonged to Sister Sarah Jane Greenall Gibb known as Sally.

Sally trained in Christchurch and qualified as a nurse in 1939 at the age of 27. She worked in 3 New Zealand General Hospital and 1 New Zealand General Hospital in the Middle East during World War II as a charge sister.

Her cape still has her NZRN nurses badge attached which has “9592 S. J. Greenall Gibb 1938” engraved on the reverse. Sally wore this cape at her wedding to Alick Gibb.