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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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Fascinating interviews with #RAMC Dr Bill Frankland where he talks about his time as a prisoner of the Japanese during World War Two, and how he still worked as a doctor for the Allies and the Japanese during his captivity..

https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b0bxr2bz/hardtalk-dr-william-frankland-allergist-and-wwii-prisoner-of-war-in-singapore

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/world-asia-46786790/william-frankland-japanese-soldier-about-to-bayonet-me
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A reader who was born in the BMH Hostert near Monchengladbach is trying to learn the name of the barracks his father was stationed at. He was in the RAOC. Can anyone help please?
https://www.qaranc.co.uk/bmhhostert.php
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Here’s a lovely memory from someone who was nursed to health by QA Midwives at BMH Iserlohn:

“I and my identical twin brother Raymond were born here in 1950. We were miracle babies being born very premature, I weighed 2 lb 4 ozs and Raymond weighed in at an exact 2 lbs., No incubators in those days so we were Christened at birth because we were not expected to live, but live we did, thanks to the fantastic commitment and skills of the dedicated doctors and nurses. Thinking back, I do very much hope that even if it is almost 69 years afterwards, it is not too late for me to say thank you to everyone who served at BMH Iserlohn throughout its existence on behalf of myself and my deceased brother Raymond, he lived for 60 years. A combined 129 years of life between both of us, is a remarkable achievement for two tiny, tiny mights, such as we were.” Arnold Baker.

https://qaranc.co.uk/bmhiserlohn.php
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I was disappointed when I joined up and went to the QMs and didn’t get a greatcoat, they looked so comfy and warm, especially for a January day!

Pictured is a grey military greatcoat with scarlet trim edge worn by a member of the Territorial Force Nursing Service during the First World War.

https://www.qaranc.co.uk/Military-Greatcoat-Nurse-First-World-War-T-Badge-Scarlet-Grey-Territorial-Force-Nursing-Service-TFNS.php
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Captain Joan Thornley QARANC with a premature baby in an incubator in 1977. The photo is from Soldier Magazine. The article can be read at https://www.qaranc.co.uk/Gurkhas-Hospital-Nepal-Soldier-Magazine-Article-Photos.php
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Can anyone please help with further information about this photo? On the rear it has written “Belmont 11.11.18”.

We know the QA who owned it nursed in Edinburgh for a time.

https://www.qaranc.co.uk/Armistice-Day-Belmont-World-War-One-Elizabeth-Sinclair-Bess.php

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Pictured is Marion Fisher Hamilton, known as Maisey, who served during Partition in Northern India in 1946. Her family recall her time there:

“She was there during the thick of the violence which followed separation. In one instance, some badly beaten people were admitted to her hospital. Not long afterward, the mob came to the hospital, wanting to get in and kill off the survivors. Maisey stood at the door and denied them entrance and demanded that they disperse, which they did.”

https://www.qaranc.co.uk/queen-alexandras-imperial-military-nursing-service-for-india.php
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Help Needed Please:

Pictured is Ann Mackay from Bettyhill, Sutherland Scotland. She served in France in World War One.

She met her future husband whilst there. He was injured and had been gassed.

Her family would love to learn more about his grandmother and her photo, especially in identifying the uniform.
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The recent snowflake army recruitment posters have split opinions. We aren’t passing judgement!

Here’s a vintage QA recruitment poster and there are more to see at https://www.qaranc.co.uk/army-recruitment-posters.php
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