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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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Pictured is Polish Red Cross trainee nurse Danuta Maczka Gradosielska who was cared for by QAs at the 4th British Commonwealth General Hospital at Teheran during the Second World War. Read diary extracts about her recovery at https://www.qaranc.co.uk/Polish-Red-Cross-World-War-Two-Danuta-Maczka-Gradosielska.php and follow her remarkable story at http://www.kresyfamily.com/danuta-8.html
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Here’s a lovely example of the hospital blues that were worn by patients during World War One and beyond. There is more information and photos about them on the page https://www.qaranc.co.uk/Army-Hospital-Blues-Uniform-WW1.php which includes their other names.
The gentleman in the photo, taken at Netley, is Sydney Claude Stroud who served in the London Regiment. Read more about him at https://www.qaranc.co.uk/Walking-Wounded-Soldier-Patient-Netley-Army-Hospital-World-War-One.php
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The latest pet portrait by former QA Karla, using acrylic paint onto canvas for only £60 and ready to hang on the wall. See more examples of Karla’s work at karlascreativecapers.co.uk
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Qualified phlebotomist needed:

Roger is holding a PSA roadshow at the Georgian House Hotel, Haslemere High Street, Haslemere, Surrey on the 22nd September 2018. He aims to have four sessions to test 200 males over 45 years of age with a simple blood test to check for prostate cancer which if diagnosed early has a huge chance of survival. That chance reduces dramatically in later stages.
There is currently no NHS testing for younger men, yet many die every year.

The project is being supported with the help of Haslemere Rotary Club and the process is overseen by The Graham Fulford Charitable Trust.

He is seeking a qualified phlebotomist to help him. If you can help then please contact Roger on 07775772613 or at Roger.macdivitt@btconnect.com
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This funny nurse cartoon is from the collection of Mary Hannah Lonsdale who served in World War Two. Mary saw service in Malta, Sicily and Palestine. We love the many details in the picture such as the chamber pot under the bed and the man in the window frame trying to reach the underwear with a hook.
http://www.qaranc.co.uk/Funny-Nurse-Cartoon-Picture.php
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Today is Victory over Japan Day when this nation surrendered in World War Two. Prisoner of War Camps such as Hakodate POW Camp in Hokaido in this photo were soon liberated, as were many of the British Military Hospitals that fell into the Japanese hands. The QAs in hospitals such as the liberated BMH Singapore were soon caring for these Far East Prisoners of War.
http://www.qaranc.co.uk/bmhsingapore.php
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Angela Bayliss kindly provided this newspaper clip of Captain Margaret Hair QARANC at the investiture of her brother WO2 Hair in Bonn, Germany, receiving his British Empire Medal. Captain Hair was the midwife who delivered Angela's baby at British Military Hospital Hannover.
http://www.qaranc.co.uk/Captain-Margaret-Hair-QARANC.php

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The Allied Advance, known as The Hundred Days Offensive, took place from 8 August - 11 November 1918, and brought the First World War to a close. The Allies launched a series of attacks on the Western Front with Australian, Canadian, British and French forces together with American, New Zealand and Indian troops. The Allied offensive began with the Battle of Amiens on 8 August.

After the German Advance of spring, it became clear to the Allies that the German army was overstretched and weakened. For example, the Germans at Amiens had not had the time to build up their defences and the British Expeditionary Force's combined artillery, infantry and tank offensive, with the French Army as well as troops from the United States and Italy, launched an offensive decisively turning the tide of war toward an Allied victory.

QA Kate Luard rejoins 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 and letter extracts at www.qaranc.co.uk/Allied-Advance-WWI-Hundred-Days-Offensive.php
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The popular image of Florence Nightingale with her lamp looking like a genie lamp is often wrong. She used a Turkish lantern like the one in the photograph below. It is called a fanoos. This one is on display at www.florence-nightingale.co.uk
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