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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

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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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