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As we enter the 100 year commemoration of WW1 Armistice, we are looking for poems responding to the theme of Armistice. Please send us your poems of up to 60 lines which explore Armistice in any way.

Judge - Prizewinning Poet Roy McFarlane

Prizes - First Prize £500, Second Prize £300, Third Prize £100 with additional commendation prizes available.

Youth Prize (18 and under) - First Prize £100 book voucher, Second Prize £50 book voucher with additional commendation prizes.

PLUS - The Museum of Military Medicine Commendation of £100 to the Poem which best addresses how the Army has contributed to human and animal healthcare.

PLUS - £200 First Prize, £50 Second Prize and additional commendation prizes for the best poems written by a serving member of the British Army or Army Reserve.

Sponsored by The Museum of Military Medicine 

Prize-giving at the National Army Museum, London. 

Deadline: 15 January 2018

For rules and details of how to enter please visit:

The Royal College of Nursing will host the 8 Nov Turning of the Pages Ceremony in the RCN HQ in London from 1730hrs with a Service of Remembrance to honour the sacrifices made by nurses and DMS personnel killed or wounded caring for victims of conflict. On-line booking is available at
There is no cost to attend and no requirement to be an RCN member, the ceremony will be followed by a drinks reception. All QARANC Association members and their family and friends are warmly invited.


Folkestone developed as a port because of its transport links. With France visible across the Strait of Dover the town became an important transit point in WW1 for soldiers including nurses leaving for the battlefields of the Western Front.

From August 2014 until the end of the war approximately 10 million men passed through the port to France and others who were  returning on leave or who were wounded requiring hospital treatment.

Embarkation was from the Leas, the cliffs above the harbour, and men marched down a steep hill to the boats that would take them to France. The word of command given to the marching men was, ‘step short’ and so today we honour all those who fought and gave their lives in WW1 at the Step Short Parade at the War Memorial Arch situated on the Leas directly above the harbour.

Col Jane Carey-Harris, Maj Adele Rutledge and Maj Gwin Foley as standard bearer, paraded for Millbank Branch of the Queen Alexandra’s Royal Army Nursing Corps Association.

GEF Aug 6 2017

Are you interested in learning researching skills?  Then this course is for you!



Join us to learn researching skills using authentic records about British Army nurses, covering the period from the Victorian wars to more recent times.

The course will last six weeks. Each week, we will use archival documents to explore different periods and different aspects of historical research, allowing us to place the information in context and make sense of it. Participants will also have the opportunity to publish their military nursing research on the British Army Nurses wiki at


We will cover:

  • Using medal rolls and the challenges of transcription, context, and language.
  • Using newspaper and journal archives, and the ethics of historical research.
  • Using diaries and letters, and military nursing as part of the wider history of women and of nursing.
  • Using photographs and paintings, identifying uniforms and badges.
  • Using the Census and definitions of nurses and nursing.
  • Using The National Archives, Kew, and the importance of corroboration

Course Date: 06 Nov 17 - 18 Dec 17

Duration: 6 Weeks

Commitment: 3hrs/week

Requirement: Open to all

Course type: Instructor Led

Credential: Certificate

To Apply click HERE

From being crowned successful winners of the 2015/2016 West Midlands Cross Country League and the British Army Cross Country Championships, the Department of Healthcare Education (DHE) team led by Cpl Richardson, have gone on to continue their winning streak by winning the UK Midlands Inter Services Cross Country Championships 2016/2017.The teams success continued at the Cross Country Championships held at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst where they came runners up. Finding time from their busy university studies, hospital placements and military commitments, DHE have always turned up with strength in numbers with most races having 15 personnel competing.

From the beginning of the season DHE’s presence was well known and the team were strong from start to finish maintaining a positive attitude throughout the season. Overall there were 17 Midlands Female teams that took part over the season.  DHE took 1st place in both the Female team category, and Junior Female category with Pte Griffin taking 1st place, an excellent win at her first season, where she continued to place 1st and 2nd place in most races. Pte Smith placed 3rd senior female making a strong appearance this season attending all league races followed by Cpl Bees in 4th position. Strong runners this year included Cpl Hodgkinson, Pte MacDonald and SAC Kershaw who due to other running commitments within the Army and RAF services could only attend a few races this year but still had a large impact on the team.

A hearty congratulations to all who took part

Article by: LCpl Katie Needham, Student Nurse, Department of Healthcare Education

2017 saw the re launch of the Army Medical Services (AMS) Polo Team, led by Lt Paul Erhahiemen QARANC.

AMS Polo was actually formed in 2011 but play slowed down due to operational commitments.  The Captains and Subalterns Trophy held at Tidworth Polo Club in July saw the AMS team return to the military polo arena and take second place in its division having out performed the Household Cavalry and the Welsh Guards on day one, with the Royal Dragoon Guards narrowly clenching victory on day two.

The Captains and Subalterns (C&S) Trophy is the second oldest polo cup in the world having been instituted by the 9/12th Lancers playing at Hounslow in 1896. Nowadays, the tournament is held at Tidworth Polo Club over two days, with entries from over 20 Army teams, plus teams from the Royal Navy and the Royal Air Force.  Teams are put into divisions based on handicaps, thus offering a fair chance of winning.  Team AMS delivered an outstanding performance given the challenges faced by the team, players being based all over the world, coming together for training poses an enormous challenge.

The team consisted of Pte Mollie Darwin QARANC, a Student Nurse at the Defence School of Healthcare Studies, Lt Paul Erhahiemen QARANC, Nursing Officer at the Royal Centre for Defence Medicine, Capt Emily Summers RADC, Dental Officer based in Dhekelia, Cyprus and Maj Olivia Allenby-Dilley RAMC (ICSC (L)).

AMS Guests were hosted in the AMS Gazebo with a champagne aperitif. The team’s successful re launch was celebrated with Lt Paul Erhahiemen showing off the art of sabrage with a magnum bottle of Jean Boucton Champagne in the presence of a large crowd of spectators . The technique of opening a bottle with a sabre became popular in France when the armies of Napoleon celebrated their victories. Napoleon is known to have said "Champagne! In victory one deserves it; in defeat one needs it." The blade travels up the neck of the bottle to break it away near the cork, leaving the main body of the bottle open and ready to pour.

Also in attendance were the team sponsors: Jean-Christophe Boucton – Director, Jean Boucton Champagne, Alastair Barlow – Director, StaaG Fashion, Richard Glenn –Manager, Jaguar Land Rover Marshall Military. The C&S trophy was a successful event for AMS Polo and an excellent family day out.

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Photography by Jason Bax of Equuis Photography – Official Photographer of the AMS Polo Team.

It is with deep regret that the Association has to announce the sad news that Lt Col (Rtd) Margaret Nesbitt RRC known by her friends as Nellie passed away peacefully in a nursing home in Tilford on Saturday 5th August.

Her funeral will be held on 01 September at Aldershot Crematorium at 1415.  Flowers or donations to the Army Benevolence Fund.

Info from - Lt Col Pat Gibson Aldershot Branch Chairperson

If you have a story to tell, something interesting you would like to share?  Tell us about it.

This can be either via this website or indeed through the Gazette, publishing guidance attached.

Colonel Carol Kefford was appointed as Colonel Commandant in July 2017.  She succeeds Colonel Sue Bush RRC, who held the appointment for six years and will join Colonel Jane Davies as our Colonel Commandants looking after the interests of the Corps and its personnel. 

Carol served as a regular Officer from 1982 to 2002 at home and overseas, including appointments as Officer Commanding Officer Training, Officer Commanding Recruitment and Selection, as a Nursing Officer in Hong Kong and Nepal and as Deputy Matron at Frimley Park Hospital.  Her final posting was as the Matron of 202 Field Hospital, preparing them for their deployment on Op TELIC.

On leaving the Army, Carol joined the 'not for profit' group, Nuffield Health, as a Hospital Matron in Oxford and then Hospital Director in Bristol.

In 2008 she set sail with her husband Mike, going from Turkey to Australia over the next 7 years.  During this time she undertook several interim roles to keep her hand in before returning to permanent employment with Nuffield Health in 2014 as Clinical Director and Chief Nurse.

Colonel Carol & Colonel Jane will play a key part in the ongoing issues that our Corps continues to address regarding its future leadership and military recognition and of course safeguarding our reputation with key professional bodies and organisations. 

The Queen Alexandra’s Royal Army Nursing Corps (QARANC) Association held a Garden Party to celebrate their 70th Anniversary on 14 June 2017. 

Her Royal Highness The Countess of Wessex GCVO, Colonel-in-Chief of the QARANC and Patron of the QARANC Association graciously hosted the event at her private residence, Bagshot Park. 

The event was attended by nearly 200 Association members who also were offered the privilege of a tour of part of the gardens and afternoon tea in beautiful surroundings on a sunny and warm afternoon.  The Countess of Wessex met and spoke with many attendees and cut the anniversary cake using the Regimental Sword. 

The cake was donated by a former QARANC officer, Mrs Sheila Jones who now runs her own business.  An Army Nurse fuchsia plant was presented to her Royal Highness by 2Lt Nicole Wolfe who was the most junior serving officer and a posy by Miss Bettina Wood the most senior attendee!    

The QARANC Association wish to record their sincere thanks to Her Royal Highness for granting this honour and also to all the staff at Bagshot Park for their help and support in the planning and management of this wonderful and memorable occasion.  

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A Career in Army Nursing


The QARANC employs Officers and Soldiers in both the Regular and Reserve Army, as Registered Nurses, Student Nurses, and Health Care Assistants, and we are always looking for people. If you are interested in a career as a Nurse or Health Care Assistant which also offers other great opportunities then you are just the person we are looking for. A career in the QARANC is more than a job, you will have access to extensive training and development opportunities, not just related to your job, but personal development too. You will have the opportunity to use your skills in diverse settings – wherever the Army is employed health care professionals from the QARANC are there. Right now there are QARANC personnel working around the world, including Sierra Leone, Canada, Mali, Afghanistan, Germany, and Cyprus. Being in the QARANC you will have access to, and be expected to undertake adventurous training, and you will have access to free medical and dental care, as well as robust annual leave and pension package. For information contact a member of the QARANC recruiting team on: 01276 412741, 01276 412742 or 01276 412740 or visit

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