Fighting the flu pandemic

During the influenza epidemic at the end of the First World War, many public health authorities deputized civilian volunteers to assist with emergency medical care. Agnes Shackleton, shown in the photograph, wore this armband and carried this identification card on her rounds in October 1918.

Ontario Emergency Volunteer Health Auxiliary identification card, issued to Agnes Shackleton, 18 October 1918; armband, Ontario Emergency Volunteer Health Auxiliary, Sisters of Service, 1918

War, Memory and Popular Culture Archives - The University of Western Ontario - London, Ontario
photograph, 8.5cm x 13.5cm; identification card, 13.3cm x 7.7cm; silk armband, 41.8cm x 5.1cm