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History of Queen Alexandra's Royal Army Nursing Corps (QARANC), Queen Alexandra’s Imperial Military Nursing Service (QAIMNS) and British Military Hospitals
History of Queen Alexandra's Royal Army Nursing Corps (QARANC), Queen Alexandra’s Imperial Military Nursing Service (QAIMNS) and British Military Hospitals

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Help needed: A reader’s family was stationed in Iserlohn, Germany from 1956 to 1959. He wishes to know where the families of the forces living there would have lived. He has memories of multiple family residences about 5-6 storeys high.
Can anyone please help with the location so that he can visit?
www.qaranc.co.uk/bmhiserlohn.php
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Happy Father’s Day to all the QARANC dads and grandads who cherish and love their children and grandchildren unconditionally, play with them, dad dance away without a care, embarrass them, give advice, are the Bank of Daddy and are there in the good times and the bad. Have a great day!
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British Military Hospital Hannover aerial shot www.qaranc.co.uk/bmhanover.php
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My dear wife and fellow ex-QA, Karla with a Yeomen of the Guard at last Thursday’s Buckingham Palace Garden Party for The Not Forgotten Association. The QARANC Association received ten invites and being registered disabled, she kindly received one of the invites.
Karla was an army nurse from 1987 to 1993 and was in the same student nurse group as our current Chief Nursing Officer, Colonel Alison McCourt! They trained at the Queen Elizabeth Military Hospital in Woolwich and at the Cambridge Military Hospital in Aldershot.
The Garden Party was for The Not Forgotten Association who help bring fun and entertainment to ex-servicemen and women, as well as those currently serving in the Armed Forces, who are wounded or disabled. Karla has Rheumatoid Arthritis, which affects most of her joints. I was also able to attend as her carer; my first experience of being a husband-of!
There were over 2500 serving military and veterans along with carers and escorts.
Her Royal Highness, Princess Anne, was in attendance as she is the Patron of the NFA. It was so lovely to be so close to her and see her talk away to fellow veterans and war pensioners. Though we were unable to be introduced to her, we did have a gentle walk along the Queen’s private lake and gardens. Here we got up so close to geese teaching their goslings to eat the grass, moorhens and coots. The Queen has the most-gentle of waterfalls cascading into her lake through a series of beautiful stone steps.
We were delighted to meet Stephen from Channel 4 Gogglebox and have a cheeky photo and brief chat with him. Other celebrities in attendance were Wayne Sleep and Alfie Boe, who sings so beautifully at the Royal Festival of Remembrance at Albert Hall, most years.
The Band of the Royal Marines played throughout the afternoon whilst we enjoyed the most delicious sandwiches and cakes with our afternoon tea. Her Majesty certainly knows how to look after her troops, because soon after these had been enjoyed, then generous helpings of strawberries and cream was served along with refreshing lemon cordials. A tame grey squirrel joined us and went from table to table looking for a treat.
We were able to meet members of the Yeomen of the Guard and met the lovely gentleman in the photo, who served in the army for over 25 years, serving in every rank from Private through to Regimental Sergeant Major and then commissioning to Captain. He now has the privilege of guarding Her Majesty and her family.
The afternoon was finished by a parade by the Royal Marines band with some rousing renditions of Army, Royal Navy, Royal Air Force and Merchant Navy themes, before HRH took the salute.
Though stairs are painful to climb, Karla. like many veterans, including those recently disabled in Afghanistan and Iraq, through to World War Two heroes, were helped up the stairs so that we could exit through the Grand Hall. This was worth the pain to see the plush gilded surroundings that the Royal Family enjoy.
Though her nursing and army days are long behind her, Karla now work as an artist, specialising in pet portrait and paintings of cap badges along with name, rank, regimental number and years of service to provide a lasting keep-sake for fellow veterans. Her website is www.karlascreativecapers.co.uk
We’d like to thank any readers who have donated or fundraised for www.nfassociation.org/ and for giving these veteran army nurses a day to remember. If, like Karla, you have a disability, then why not apply for a place in next years Garden Party. It’s a day to remember!


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The staff of BMH Hong Kong with CO Colonel Ron Stewart and Matron Lt Col N Russell.
http://www.qaranc.co.uk/British-Military-Hospital-Hong-Kong-Wylie-Road-Kings-Park.php
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Sister Poppy at the Front is a delightful book that parents and grandparents should be reading with their cherished child on their knee so that the heroes and heroines of the Great War are remembered by a new generation.

Read my review at http://www.qaranc.co.uk/Sister-Poppy-at-the-Front-GoGoHare.php which has details of where to buy it.
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BMH Benghazi Christmas 1957. The Ward Sister in the centre of the photograph is Lt Jean Grieve who, thirty years later, became the Commandant of the QARANC Training Centre. There is another photo of her as a young Lieutenant at http://www.qaranc.co.uk/military-hospital-wheatley.php

Can anyone please help identify the other QA?

http://www.qaranc.co.uk/bmh-benghazi.php
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QA Karla now works as an artist and hand-paints Corps and Regimental cap badges, with or without the TRF (Tactical Recognition Flash) as a background.

Each can be personalised with a hand-painted inscription such as name, rank, regimental number and years of service.

They cost just £60 with free UK delivery.
karlascreativecapers.co.uk/Military-Cap-Badge-Corps-Regiments-Personalised-Painting-Canvas.asp

Or contact Karla at http://www.karlascreativecapers.co.uk/contact.asp to discuss a commission.
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Does anyone remember a Church Service in the 1960s at Colchester Church? It may have been to commemorate the 100th year of Florence Nightingale’s death.

It was televised the following week in black and white, it was very grainy, and the inquirer has never heard any other QA mention the programme. It could have been 1965 or 1966 and the church was modelled on the wards. Photos were also taken by a military photographer. She remembers that they had to wear bright red lipstick and there were arc lights in the Church.

It was one of the first Church Service’s broadcasted involving the Queen Alexandra’s Royal Army Nursing Corp, commemorating Florence Nightingale.
The church had some connection with the Nightingale Wards and was near the Colchester Military Hospital.

If you can help with any information, photos or video clips then please get in touch.

www.qaranc.co.uk/contact.php
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In May 1918 QA Kate Luard rejoined No.41 Casualty Clearing Station at Pernois, between Amiens and Doullens. In her letters home she sounds invigorated, but it is spring, and she has had time to write home describing the landscape and countryside before the Allied Advance commences.

Read her diary extracts at http://www.qaranc.co.uk/Allied-Advance-WWI-Hundred-Days-Offensive.php

“Last night he was over us again and working up to his old form: he passed overhead flying very low a good deal from 11 p.m. The sky illuminations in this wide expanse on these occasions are lovely: searchlights, signals, flares and flashes. We had a busyish night with operations.”
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