Khaki woollen tunic, part of an Australian uniform, Australian Army Medical Corps, 1914-18, worn by Lieutenant-Colonel John Hodgson Nattrass, 2nd Field Ambulance.

John Hodgson Nattrass (1870-1943) was born near Ballarat, and graduated with a medical degree from the University of Melbourne in 1898. During his university years, he entered the University Officers' Corps of Instruction, and later joined the Army Medical Corps. He served as Captain, Major and then Lieutenant-Colonel. Meanwhile, he worked as a Resident Medical Officer at the Melbourne Hospital, the Children's Hospital and the Women's Hospital. He subsequently purchased a practice in Victoria Street, North Melbourne. His research work with Professor W.A. Osborne into autoplastic ovarian transplantation gained him an M.D. Degree. After working and studying in Britain in 1910, he returned to Melbourne and became a gynaecologist. He was subsequently appointed a surgeon at the Women's Hospital.

With the outbreak of World War I, at the age of 44, he was rejected for service abroad. Instead he contributed to the war effort by serving as Senior Medical Officer at the Queenscliff Forts. Subsequently, he became Senior Medical Officer at Broadmeadows Camp, Acting Officer Commanding No.5 Australian General Hospital, Principal Medical Officer, Camp Headquarters' Staff; and Assistant Principal Medical Officer, Third Military District (Victoria). His 'specially meritorious service to Australia' earned him a mention in Orders.

Physical Description

Khaki wool tunic. Two upper pleated patch pockets with shaped flap with button and button hole. Two lower expanding patch pockets with flap and button and button hole. Four front buttons and button holes. Waist band. Long sleeves have sewn back pointed cuffs. Epaulettes with gold toned metal pip at shoulder edge. Right side has metal crown with red velvet. Button and button hole at neck edge. All buttons have Australian Commonwealth with ER and crown. Notched collar and back vent. Inside left breast patch pocket with a leather tab above. Brown cotton lining and sleeves have white striped cotton lining. Label inside back neck. Quite a few moth holes.

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