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Two members of Millbank Branch, QARANC Association, on the 1st Sep 18 were privileged to attend a Drumhead Service at The Royal Hospital Chelsea to commemorate the London Divisions actions during the final 100 days of WW1.The service was lead by the The Right Honourable Reverend Lord Chartres.
 
The Lord Lieutenant of London & many other dignitaries together with other guests were welcomed by the women of the First Aid Nursing Yeomanry (FANY). Among the guests were the family of Pte Jack Harvey VC. He was awarded the VC for single handedly putting a machine gun post and its crew, out of action. As always the The Chelsea Pensioners resplendent in their scarlet coats were in attendance.
 
Following a moving & fitting service which included some songs from the The North London Military Wives Choir, the guests were invited to the hospitality marquee where they we saw interactive stands & displays & arena events by Youth Organisations in Uniform (YOU).
 
It was an honour to attend  such a memorable occasion.
 
Janette Parkin
Millbank Branch

STEP SHORT PARADE 22 July 2018

With France visible across the Strait of Dover, Folkestone 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 including 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, Majors Adele Rutledge, Christine Duchemin, Liz Gregory and Major Gwin Foley as standard bearer, paraded for Millbank Branch of the Queen Alexandra’s Royal Army Nursing Corps Association.  We were proud to join approximately 200 others on parade from military Associations including between 20-30 standards being proudly carried.

2018 marks a special milestone in our commemoration of all those who were involved in WW1 but particularly those who marched down the hill now known as the Road of Remembrance to Folkestone Harbour and the and battlefields beyond.

GEF 22 Jul 18

The QARANC Association will fully fund a PhD Scholar from within the Association membership to undertake PhD studies at the University of Cardiff commencing October 2019 (or sooner if it suits the person accepted).

The Association has a particular interest in the heritage of the Corps with one of the Objects of the Association being, “Fostering esprit de corps, comradeship and the welfare of the corps and preserving its traditions .", something that is also made clear in the establishment, and the Terms of Reference, of the Heritage and Chattels Committee.

Although much has been written about the history of Army nursing, and many scholars continue to research and write our history, there is a lack of authoritative writing from the perspective of Army nurses themselves. It has been difficult for Army nurses, serving or retired, to gain the necessary skills and standing to be able to write history that is acceptable in academic and scholarly contexts. There are members of the Association who would like the opportunity to gain these skills at Doctoral level, in order to advance the body of knowledge from within Army nursing.

SCHOLARSHIP

The QARANC Association will fully fund a PhD Scholar from within the Association membership to undertake PhD studies at the University of Cardiff commencing October 2019 (or sooner if it suits the person accepted). The main supervisor will be Professor Holly Furneaux of the School of English, Communication and Philosophy, University of Cardiff.

For more information on the Scholarship including how to apply download the attached document below

On Saturday 7th July Millbank Branch held their AGM at the HQ of 256 (City of London) Field Hospital.
20 members attended. Some members were unable to attend at the last minute due to transport issues. Those who did make it battled with folks going to the Pride March & others making their way to the Finsbury Park Festival. If that was not enough they had to contend with the heat! We were melting.
The meeting went well which was then followed by an interesting & enlightening talk from Lt Col Tony McGrath QARANC 2iC of 256 about where they are now & where they will be in the future in the scheme of things.
Members were most impressed with his presentation.
This was follow by a sumptuous afternoon tea & a glass of Prosecco.
 
We have set the date for next year's AGM so that it does not clash with Wimbledon's finals
Millbank Branch attended The Old Comrades Association Parade - 3rd June 2018

It was another glorious day of sunshine for the Federation of OCAs of London territorial and auxiliary units.  I paraded the Millbank standard  supported by Maj Gwin Foley & Capt Jane Parker.

There were 11 standard bearers and a good show from the old comrades. Wreaths were laid at the Royal Exchange and the march proceeded through the City of London to the Armoury House on City Road.  Due to the very hot weather, the inspection was kept brief.  The RAF chaplain talked about love and how wasteful war is through the poems of William Auden and Rupert Brook. Lunch was a delightful summer salad and cheesecake.  The guest speaker talked about the loneliness many veterans experience in older age - very poignant and touching. 1 in 4 veterans aged over 75 live alone. 
He asked us all to keep in contact and look out for each other in the spirit of friendship. ‘

Capt Alison Browne

One of our Colonels Commandant Jane Davis OBE QVRM TD DL RGN has been appointed as the Vice Lord-Lieutenant for Greater London, Jane has been a Deputy Lieutenant since 2008.  The title Lord-Lieutenant is given to the British Monarch’s personal representatives throughout the United Kingdom, usually in a county or large city (metropolitan area). They have performed various tasks throughout history including raising local militia units and numerous ceremonial duties.

Lord-Lieutenants may appoint a Vice Lord-Lieutenant and the nomination is submitted to the Prime Minister in order that the approval of The Monarch may be obtained. The Vice Lord-Lieutenant will stand in when the Lord-Lieutenant cannot be present, is sick or otherwise unable to act, and will carry out such duties as the Lord-Lieutenant decides.  The Greater London Lieutenancy as well as supporting the Monarch and the Royal Family in Greater London, is a bridge-builder, connecting individuals, organisations and social networks, to enhance Londoners’ sense of belonging and therefore, increase social inclusion within the capital.

Congratulations

Following the success at the recent Royal Artillery Cup on the bank holiday Monday, where the AMS polo team out manoeuvred the Adjutant Generals Corps, Royal Artillery and Help for Heroes polo team to win the division, the team now looks forward to its next challenge. The Margot Turner Challenge will be played at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst (RMAS) on Saturday 23 June 2018.  The AMS polo team will play against the RMAS polo team in what promises to be quite an entertaining polo match.

Brigadier Dame Evelyn Marguerite Turner DBE, RRC (1910 – 1993) known as Margot Turner was a British military nurse and a World War 2 prisoner of war. Turner served with the Queen Alexandra’s Imperial Military Nursing Service from 1937 to 1949 and the Queen Alexandra’s Royal Army Nursing Corps (QARANC) from 1949 to 1974.  She was an Army officer who epitomised leadership, courage and clinical excellence.

The Margot Turner Challenge is the signature event of AMS Polo and aims to showcase and celebrate the team at the home of it's Regimental Headquarters.

 

On the 14th May 16 members of the Millbank Branch & 1 member from the Welsh Branch set off for a 5 day Battlefield Tour of Malta. We had a most interesting time seeing aspects of WW1, WW2 & the hospital of the St. John's order.

We had an excellent guide & to augment what had already been arranged, Keiron Spires gave us detailed information on the nurses' graves we visited. We laid two wreaths at Pieta CWG cemetery & had extra British legion crosses to lay.  Whilst laying the wreaths our coach driver played Amazing Grace on his bagpipes which he just happened to have in the coach. It was a lovely touch & so poignant.  We visited Imtarfa cemetery & found two WW2 QA graves that were not known about - we do now. We visited a Naval Cemetery & found graves of two naval nurses which pleased two of our members who trained with the QARNNS.  We visited several interesting museums & noted that Malta apart from having the George Cross was known as the Nurse of the Mediterranean. Hospital ships came to Malta during both wars.  We found out most interesting things about this small island steeped in history.  The weather was a bit grey & chilly on occasions but this did not deter the group from enjoying a very good & interesting tour.

There will be more about are trip in the Gazette - Lindi Kibbey, Chairman, Millbank Branch 

 

 

 

 

 

20 Tickets to the following event have been secured by the Association and will be issued on a first come, first served basis.

The Committee of The Nursing Memorial Appeal request the pleasure of your company at: 

The Dedication of a Memorial to Voluntary Aid Detachment and Professional Nurses who lost their lives in the 1st and 2nd World Wars at:

The National Memorial Arboretum,

Croxall Road,

Alrewas,

Staffordshire

DE13 7AR 

12.00 noon

Monday 4th June 2018

ALL requests for tickets are to come to: admin@qarancassociation.org.uk

http://www.nursingmemorialappeal.org.uk/

Six of the Millbank Branch enjoyed afternoon tea together before attending The Florence Nightingale Service at Westminster Abbey on the 9th May '18. Col Jane Carey Harris organised the tickets & the tea. Majors Adele Rutledge, Barbara Bradbury, Brigid Kelly, Gwin Foley & myself were very pleased to be able to attend. 
 
As always the service was very well attended with Princess Alexandra in attendance. Col Alison McCourt OBE ARRC QHN together with the other Armed Forces Matron's in Chief escorted the bearer Corporal Zoe Wark PMRAFNS of the Nurses Roll of Honour. There was a large contingent of serving QAs present together with Col Jane Davis, Colonel Commandant & Mrs Sue McAteer, Regimental Secretary. The service was very moving. We all left the Abbey into beautiful sunshine & the Abbey bells ringing.  It was a lovely ending to what had been a splendid day.
 
Lindi Kibbey 
Chairman 
Millbank Branch
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