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Pneumonia Jackets

This story is submitted by Margaret Dawson of Head Office in Charlottetown.

During the war, women of the community would meet once a week at someone's home and together they would cut out and sew up flannelette pneumonia jackets. These jackets were sleeveless and buttoned down the front which made them easier to put on and wrap around the chests of Veterans who came down with pneumonia. After a certain amount were sewn up they were taken to the Collection Centre in Charlottetown from where they were sent overseas to the Veterans in the action fields.

Ann Dawson

The ladies who did not sew would knit socks while the sewing was going on.

These ladies met in various communities across the province and in Albany my mother, Ann Dawson, her two sisters and her mother all took part in these evenings.

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