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The war graves and memorials to nurses of the Great War and Second World War and other armed conflicts including Sisters of the QAIMNS
This War Graves Memorials to Nurses page is dedicated to those brave nurses, nursing sisters and assistants who gave their lives in the line of duty whilst caring for sick, wounded and injured soldiers.
Below are pictures of their graves and QARANC.co.uk would like to further honour their sacrifice by requesting any additional information about any nurse on this page and those who should be added. For example any info about their nursing skills, examples of dedication, photograph, etc would be gratefully received for inclusion onto this page. Please contact us if you can help. Thank you.
Wimereux War Grave Cemetery in France was located near military hospitals during the Great War. There are several members of the Queen Alexandra's Imperial Military Nursing Service and Royal Army Medical Corps buried there. The Commonwealth War Graves are located in a separate area of the civilian graves.
Unlike other war grave memorials the headstones lies flat against the ground because of the soil in the graveyard is sandy and does not support the weight of the uprights headstone. There are 2845 war graves from the First World War and 14 war graves from the Second World War. Wimereux War Grave Cemetery is now called the Wimereux Communal Cemetery.
As you can see from the postcard photos below of Wimereux cemetery, taken soon after burials, there were originally crosses above each grave until the earth mounds settled. The left hand side of the photograph shows the first grave with a dark cross as reading Sister but sadly the surname is not readable.
Commonwealth War Graves
One war grave of a nurse buried at Wimereux Cemetery is Sister Myrtle Wilson of the Queen Alexandra's Imperial Military Nursing Service (QAIMNS). Sister Wilson died on the 23 December 1915 aged 38 years. She was the daughter of Andrew Wilson and Catherine Wilson of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. Sister Wilson left Queensland to join the service in April 1915. Her headstone reads Sister M.E. Wilson Q.A Imp. Nursing Sce. 23 Dec 1915 Queensland Australia Behold I Come Quickly
Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae Grave
The grave of Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae can be found at Wimereux Cemetery.
Lt Col McCrae wrote the war poem In Flanders Fields. In the cemetery is also a memorial stone seat with lines from In Flanders Fields poem which reads:
We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved, and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.
Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae served in the Canadian Army Medical Corps as a physician. His health deteriorated during the war, especially after a gas attack in Flanders. He suffered from asthma and after a bad bout of flu he developed a lung infection and then a brain haemorrhage from which he died on the 28 January 1918 aged 45 years.
There are some of the artefacts of Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae on display at Eilean Donan Castle in the Highlands of Scotland. In the grounds is a replica memorial of that erected in his memory at Wimereux Cemetery at Flanders. There is more written about this with photographs at our other website Aboutaberdeen.com on the Eilean Donan Castle Ghosts page.
In Flanders Fields Music
Canadian composer, singer and songwriter Anthony Hutchcroft has written a moving tribute to Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae called In Flanders Fields Music. His song is a musical interpretation of Lt Col John McCrae's poem from the Great War. For more information or to hear and see a performance of In Flanders Fields Music please visit www.flandersfieldsmusic.com
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Photographs Of War Graves
The Nursing Sister Grave below is of Sister Lucy Duncan. Her headstone reads Q.A. Imp. Nursing Sce. 1 March 1917
QAIMNS War Grave
The QAIMNS War Grave below is of Sister Jessie Olive Hockey. Her headstone reads Q.A. Imp Mil. Nursing. Sce. 14 August 1917. Youngest Daughter of J.T. Hockey Cape Colony South Africa.
Territorial Army Nurse Grave
The Territorial Force Nursing Service Nurse Grave below is of Nurse Alice Hilda Lancaster of the Territorial Nursing Service (TFNS) who died on the 3 June 1918. Her headstone reads Many Waters Cannot Quench Love.
Canadian Nursing Services Grave
The photograph of a Canadian Nursing Services Grave below is of the gravestone of Sister A.E Whitely of the Canadian Nursing Service who died on the 21 April 1918.
Headstone War Grave
The Headstone War Grave is of Sister C.M. Wilson. It reads Q.A.Imp. Mil. Nursing Sce. 1 March 1916 Eldest Daughter of the Late Thomas Wilson Glasgow
Staff Nurse Nelly Spindler was a member of the QAIMNS during the Great War. Nelly Spindler nursed with the British Expeditionary Forces (BEF) in the 44th Casualty Clearing Station (CCS) Brandhoek. This area was shelled on the 21 August 1917 and despite this the QAs and doctors of the RAMC continued to care for their patients. Sadly one shell landed on the tented hospital and wounded Nelly Spindler. Her colleagues tried in vain to treat her abdominal wound but she died within minutes.
The 44th CCS moved that day to Lijssenthoek where Nelly Spindler was buried the next day. The British Commonwealth Grave Lijssenthoek in Belgium contains 10750 burials which includes 9901 Commonwealth graves. More can be read about Nelly Spindler at www.wakefieldfhs.org.uk/Nelly Spindler.htm
www.qaranc.co.uk would like to thank Mr Ron Teague for the photographs of the war graves and memorials of the nurses used on this page.
Sadly many QA's were lost at sea during the two World Wars and though they have no war grave maintained by the CWGC they are remembered in a variety of ways. For example the name of Sister Winnie Harrison is on the Brookwood Memorial. She died on the Hospital Carrier
St David during World War Two. There is more written about the sinking of the Hospital Carrier St David on the Hospital Ships page.
Below is a photo of the Brookwood Memorial (with thanks to Terry Hissey)
Aldershot Garrison Church
The following photos are of the Aldershot Garrison Church memorial plaques to the QAs of the Great War and Second World War. The building is more formally named the Royal Garrison Church of All Saints Aldershot or the Royal Garrison Church. For more information visit www.royalgarrisonchurch.co.uk
With thanks to Paul White, WO2 Williams at Deepcut and the Padre of Aldershot Garrison Church for the photography and information about the plaques.
There is more written about the history of the plaques on the Queen Alexandra's Military Hospital Millbank page.
The altar cloth in the Aldershot QARANC Chapel was donated by Director Army Nursing Services (DANS) upon her retirement in 1995. The front has the badge os the QARANC whilst the sides of the cloth have those of the QAIMNS, QAIMNS(R), TFNS and TANS.
The altar cloth in the Aldershot QARANC Chapel was donated by Director Army Nursing Services (DANS) Brigadier Hilary Dixon-Nuttall upon her retirement in 1995. The front has the badge os the QARANC whilst the sides of the cloth have those of the QAIMNS, QAIMNS(R), TFNS and TANS.
There is also a plaque dedicated to Dame Margot Turner which was funded by the QA Association and dedicated in 2006.
Ramleh War Cemetery Israel
There are three QA graves at Ramleh War Cemetery in Israel:
Sister Frances Alexander Millar
P/208771 Sister Frances Alexander Millar Queen Alexandra's Imperial Military Nursing Service Died 24 May 1943.
Sister Norah Kathleen Pigott
209642 Sister Norah Kathleen Pigott Queen Alexandra's Imperial Military Nursing Service Died 9 September 1947.
Sister Winifred Vera Wooderson
309557 Sister Winifred Vera Wooderson Queen Alexandra's Imperial Military Nursing Service Died 27 May 1947
The photographs of the graves of Sisters Millar, Pigott and Wooderson were taken by Andrew Laidlaw in Israel and are displayed here with kind permission. Read more about the Ramleh War Cemetery in Israel at www.forthefallen.co.uk
Five Sisters Window
Below are photos and the names of the QAIMNS Sisters who lost their lives in the two world wars. The glass screens can be found in the North Transept of York Minster, England and are known as the Five Sisters Window.
ASTELL Ethel F
BATES Frances M
BENNETT Helena S
BERESFORD Rebecca R
BLACKLOCK Alice M
BLENCOWE Mabel E
BOND Ella Maude
BRACE Frances E
BRETT Norah V
BROWN Euphemia L
BUTLER Sarah E
CALLIER Ethel F M
CAMMACK Edith M
CHALLINOR E Annie
CHANDLER Dorothy M
CLIMIE Agnes M
COLE Dorothy H
COLE Emily Helena
COMPTON F D'Oyley
CONSTERDINE V C
COOKE Ella Kate
DALTON Joan Glassford
DAWSON Eveline M
DEWAR Margaret S
DOHERTY Mary A
DUCKERS M E
DUNCAN I L M
FORBES B G F
FOYSTER Ellen L
GARNER A E C
GLADSTONE E M
GOLDSMITH A A V
GREENWOOD HOPPER J E
GRIFFITHS Janet L
GROVER Alice Jane
HALL Frances Mary
HANNAFORD Ida D
HASTINGS Helen M
HENRY Charlotte E
HILLS Maud Ellen
HODGSON Eveline M
HOOK Florence M L
HOWARD Florence G
HUGHES Gladys C
IRWIN Winifred H
JAMIESON Jessie S
JOHNSTON M Hessie
JONES Gertrude E
JONES Hilda Lilian
KEMP Christina M F
KEMP Elise Margaret
KENDALL Rose E
KYNOCK Alison G
LANCASTER Alice H
MANN Agnes Grieg
MANNELL Dorothy W
MACBETH M Ann
MCROBBIE J E
MARK Hannah D
MARLEY Grace M
MARNOCH M B
MARSHALL M B
MASON Fanny M
O'GORMAN Eileen M
PARKER Elsie K D
PATTERSON Jessie J
PEARSE Phyllis Ada
PEPPER Edith D
PHILIPS Jessie J
RADCLIFFE Ethel B
REID Annie C
ROBERTS Anne L
ROBERTS Margaret D
ROWLANDS Helena M
RUSSELL Alice M
SEYMOUR C Mary
SMITH Frances F
SMITH Jeanie B
SMITHIES Ettie L
STACEY Dorothy L
STEPHENSON G Annie
STEVENS Lottie M
STEWART E Grace
STEWART Wilma B
STURT Kate Rosina
SWAIN Lucy Melton
THOMAS M E
THOMSON E R
THOMSON Kerr M
TURTON Alice M
WALSHE Mary A
WATSON D M
WATSON E H
WILLS Mary E
WILSON C M
WILSON Myrtle E
WRIGHT Hannah E
With thanks to David at For The Fallen.
To Read about Sister Wort who is buried in Digboi War Cemetery please visit the QAIMNS for India page.
The grave of Sister Maud M (Gladys) Richards-Lockwood who died on 30 August 1955 aged 60 years can be found at Woolwich Cemetery. Gladys Maud M. Lockwood was born in Woolwich, London in 1894. Her father, Charles, was a dockyard labourer from Nottinghamshire and her mother, Mary, came from Devon. Her headstone has a beautiful artwork of a QAIMNS sister.
If you can add more details about Sister Richards-Lockwood please contact Qaranc.co.uk
Matron Martha S. Farley
Below are two photos of the grave of Matron Martha S. Farley, RRC, QAIMNS at Mount Jerome Cemetery, Harold's Cross, Dublin. Her grave is located in Section 411, plot 281. Matron Farley is listed in the Commonwealth War Graves Commission website as an official WW1 death but seems to have been buried privately and does not have a CWGC headstone.
Sister Sarah Alice Fisher Ingram
Sister Sarah Alice Fisher Ingram is interred at Mount Jerome Cemetery, Harold's Cross, Dublin. She is not listed in the CWGC website. Sister Sarah Alice Fisher Ingram served in Royal Victoria Military Hospital Netley in WW1, and died on 26 December 1915. Her death is not recorded in the Irish Registers, so it is thought that she died in Netley or nearby.
Her headstone reads:
In Loving Memory of
THOMAS JONES FISHER
who fell asleep in Jesus
23rd June 1896
also his wife
SARAH KEPPEL FISHER
entered into rest 24th May 1904
in her 82nd year
erected by their children
SARAH ALICE INGRAM
eldest daughter of the above
Sister R.A.N.S. Netley Hospital
died St. Stephen's day, 1915
JOHN EDWARD ALMENT FISHER
their only son
died 25th November 1935
and their daughter
FLORENCE KATE FISHER
died Christmas Eve, 1939
Cairo Egypt War Memorial Cemetery
Below are the gravestones of members of the QAIMNS and VAD who died during the Great War and are buried at the Cairo Egypt War Memorial Cemetery. Photos: Mike Booker.
This headstone is inscribed:
STAFF NURSE M.H. JOHNSTON Q.A. IMP. MIL. NURSING SCE. 5th SEPTEMBER 1915
NURSING MEMBER L. LIDDELL VOLUNTARY AID DETACHMENT 29th SEPTEMBER 1918
NURSING MEMBER S.J. ARMSTRONG V.A.D. MEMBER 12th DECEMBER 1918
NURSING MEMBER M.S.STEPHENSON VOLUNTARY AID DETACHMENT 9th NOVEMBER 1918
NURSING MEMBER M.J. MAUNSELL VOLUNTARY AID DETACHMENT 7th JANUARY 1919
Hadra Cemetery Alexandria Egypt
Below are the QA graves at Hadra Cemetery Alexandria Egypt. Photos: Mike Booker.
This first grave is inscribed:
Catherine Ball Nursing Member Voluntary Aid Detachment 31st December 1917 Though many miles from home in memory ever dear.
This grave is inscribed:
Una Marguerite Duncanson Nursing Member Voluntary Aid Detachment 31st December 1917 She hath done what she could.
Also interred here is Staff Nurse Ella Kate Cooke.
Heliopolis War Cemetery Cairo
These nursing graves are at Heliopolis War Cemetery Cairo. Photos: Mike Booker.
The grave below is inscribed:
The British Red Cross Society Inter Arma Caritas W/808537 Private Nancy Edith Bailey Voluntary Aid Detachment 14th March 1943 Age 30
Chatby Military Cemetery Alexandria
Photos: Mike Booker.
Sister Sarah Elizabeth Dixon
The Northumberland church of South Charlton, just off the A1 north of Alnwick, has a memorial tablet to Sarah Elizabeth Dixon, Sister QAIMNS-R who was lost at sea on 24 January 1942 by enemy action. There is a photo at northernvicar.wordpress.com
Sister Dixon was serving in the Mediterranean on the Hospital Ship St David. While transporting wounded soldiers from the Anzio beachhead at night, in company with two other hospital ships, the St David was deliberately attacked and sunk by a German bomber. The captain, 12 crew, 22 Royal Army Medical Corps personnel (including 2 reserve QAIMNS nursing sisters, Sarah Dixon and Winnie Harrison) and 22 of the wounded patients lost their lives. When the attack took place, all three ships were fully illuminated as per the Geneva Convention which, in this instance at least, just seems to have served to make them an easy target.
Their main focus was getting the wounded safely off the ship, rather than their own safety, which seems to by why equal numbers of medical staff and patients died.
There is more info on the St David sinking, as well as the names and circumstances of 108 more QAIMNS deaths at sea, at www.briancrabbmaritimebooks.co.uk/beyond-the-call-of-duty, and in the book, Beyond the Call of Duty (The Loss of British Commonwealth Mercantile and Service Women At Sea During the Second World War) by Brian James Crabb.
With thanks to Art Vine.
Sister Jane Margaret Houston QAIMNSR
Lieutenant F. Walton QARANC
Sister Audrey Mary Blackman QAIMNSR Schoonselhof Cemetery Wilrijk Antwerp Belgium
Barbara Esmee St John Member Voluntary Aid Detachment
Brookwood Military Cemetery Surrey
Elizabeth Petrie Voluntary Aid Detachment Nurse Grave
First nurse to die in World War One.
Greenwich Cemetery London WWI QAIMNS War Graves.
Gun Hill Aldershot RAMC Memorial.
Herne Bay Cemetery - Sister Eileen M Spellen.
Imtarfa Military Cemetery Malta Lieutenant Eileen Bramwell QARANC Grave.
Kranji War Cemetery and Memorial - Sister Mavis Joy Jones.
Mary Tattersall Crimea War Nurse Veteran.
Nurse Constance Muriel Steell Headstone Colinton Cemetery Edinburgh
Nurse Dorothy Sugden Grave Voluntary Aid Detachment World War Two
Queen Mary's Army Auxiliary Corps Graves.
Sai Wan War Cemetery.
Sarah Campbell Grave Marker Riddrie Park Cemetery Glasgow.
St Giles Cathedral Edinburgh Scottish War Memorial to Nurses Great War.
St Mary's Anglican Parish Church.
St Mary Churchyard West Malling - Sister Agnes Christine Mills.
Sister Annie Winifred Munro.
Sister Jessie Darnell St Herbert's Church Darlington.
Sister Margaret McCluskey QAIMNS.
Stanley Military Cemetery.
Ste Marie Cemetery Le Havre Normandy France.
Ventnor Cemetery Isle of Wight.
Vera Judkins Cape Town
Mrs Rubie Pickard British Red Cross.
Doctor Elsie Maud Inglis Grave Dean Cemetery Edinburgh
Elizabeth Patience Stanger Junior Commander First Aid Nursing Yeomanry FANY ATS
Ellen Graham Thomson QMAAC.
Edith Frances Barker Voluntary Aid Detachment.
Nursing Member Daisy Kathleen Mary Coles Voluntary Aid Detachment.
Nursing Member Elizabeth Thomson VAD
Mary Kennedy Stevenson VAD Ayr Cemetery
Sister Isabel Meldrum Territorial Force Nursing Service
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