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QARANC - Queen Alexandra's Royal Army Nursing Corps
Information about the QARANC The Queen Alexandra's Royal Army Nursing Corps
The Queen Alexandra's Royal Army Nursing Corps has served the nursing and medical needs of the British army, their allies, prisoners of war and local civilians since 1854. Though they were then known as the Army Nursing Service and then the Queen Alexandra's Imperial Military Nursing Service before becoming QA's and forming the corps of QARANC in 1949. Read more about the history of the QA's.
In modern times personnel serve in NHS hospitals alongside civilian staff and at Ministry of Defence Hospital Units. QA's work alongside the army, navy and Royal Air Force (RAF) in field hospitals alongside the Royal Army Medical Corps (RAMC) and with units and battalions with a variety of regiments and corps in the field and in Medical Units at camps throughout the UK and the world. As an example they mobilised in the Field Hospital in Iraq and Afghanistan and the newly created Close Support Hospital (CSH) and Small Hospital Unit (SHU) see QAs near what would have traditionally been called the Front Line providing life saving nursing support. The work of the Medical Treatment Facility (MTF) Helmand Territory Southern Afghanistan featured in the TV programme Doctors and Nurses at War.
In the last two centuries a QA may have served in one of the many military hospitals within the UK and overseas in locations like Germany and Cyprus. The oldest surviving military hospital is the Royal Herbert which was redeveloped into luxury apartments and still retains many features of the army hospital. Other former military hospitals have been converted into NHS facilities such as the QEMH Woolwich whilst many remain firmly fixed in the memories of former and serving QA's like the CMH Aldershot.
Though many of the military hospitals are now closed the tradition and customs lives on in serving members and much of the historical artefacts are retained and on display at the Museum of Military Medicine and over the years many traditions have been retained such as the QA Motto, the QA and AMS Prayer and the Cap Badge. These have been joined by modern ceremonies such as the Army Medical Services Christmas Carol Service.
Since 1902, when the QAIMNS were formed, there have been notable members of the QAs and this continues into the modern day. This includes Dame Maud McCarthy who gave outstanding service during the Boer War and the First World War and Dame Margot Turner who saw active service in World War Two, survived being ship wrecked before being taken Prisoner by the Japanese Army . She survived and had an illustrious nursing and military career and became a Colonel Commandant of the QAs.
Five years later the QAs saw war service during the Korean War.
Former QA Penny Claxton has published an historical nursing novel, Facing Fearful Odds, set in 1914.
Margaret Brennan and Judith Blackstone both leave the comfort of civilian nursing to join the Queen Alexandra's Imperial Military Nursing Service and are posted to the Western Front. This book follows their lives and the privations they faced in the heat and dust of Lemnos and the mud of France and Flanders whilst telling the story of nursing a century ago. The story is a testament to nurses who gave everything, including in some cases their lives to do what they felt was right.
A newly qualified Australian nurse, Victoria Standish returns home to find her brother, Max, keen to join the impending war in Europe as a Light Horseman. Australia is far away from the conflict, but Victoria is thrilled at the prospect of nursing beyond the safe confines of her local community.
In London, the Earl and Countess of Hadleigh are also preparing for war. Their son, Gerald, is commissioned in the Coldstream Guards and their younger son, Guy, is desperate to join up. Their daughter, Lady Julia, and their housemaid, Violet, will bravely join the Voluntary Aid Detachment as nursing assistants.
Facing Fearful Odds chronicles a turbulent time in history, through the lives of nurses and the soldiers they were destined to meet.
War will draw them together and create unbreakable bonds of friendship and love that will see them through the catastrophic battles in Gallipoli and the Somme. The conflict will shatter the established barriers of class and culture and change their lives forever...
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The QA Association has been providing support and friendship to QAs past and present for over 60 years throughout the world. Through re-unions and events members come together to share memories and make new friends and meet up with old comrades. The QA Association maintains the history of the Corps and keeps records of achievements as well as publishing the twice yearly Corps magazine The Gazette. Read More.
QARANC nurses have and still continue to serve their country worldwide. This takes them throughout the UK and in places such as Afghanistan, Angola, Australia, Belize, Bosnia, Brunei, Canada, Cyprus, The Falkland Islands, Germany, Gibraltar, Iraq, Kenya, Kosovo, Kuwait, New Zealand, Northern Ireland, Rwanda and Sierra Leone.
Anywhere the army is deployed then you are sure to find the QARANC. For this reason British Army nurses are highly trained in the latest military and nursing techniques and enjoy a dual role in the army. They are rewarded financially, socially and can gain many nursing qualifications. Read more on the joining the QARANC page.
In 2007 a QA Memorial was built at the newly opened National Memorial Arboretum which commemorates the service personnel killed since the Second World War.
Forces War Records
Forces War Records are a genealogy site where you can find military records of over 6 million British Armed Forces personnel cross matched with over 4000 Regiments, Bases and Ships. This link includes a free search and a special discount of 40% off membership offer for visitors who use the discount code AF40 if they decide to become a member.
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