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Vera Vaughan is a very special member of the Welsh Branch, who is well on her way to receiving her second telegram from the Queen, sent on the 105th birthday and every subsequent birthday.

Vera was born in Llandrindod Wells, one of six children, and was educated at the local County School. On leaving school she was determined to move to London. She became a nurse at King’s College Hospital during the 1930s, after which she moved to Buxton, Derbyshire, where she worked in a clinic for rheumatic disorders. When the Second World War was declared, Vera moved home to Llandrindod Wells and was employed by the Civil Nursing Reserve. In 1941 she enlisted in the QAIMNS and served in Palestine, Egypt, Tripoli and Italy. In Italy she visited Rome and was blessed by the Pope, Pope Pius X11. At the end of the war Vera returned to Llandrindod Wells where she opened a drapery shop with her sisters.

Monday, 01 May 2017 17:48

REMEMBRANCE DAY 2016

This year we decided to try a different church venue for our Remembrance Day Service.

St John the Baptist Church, where we held our National Corps Day Service in April, is a beautiful little church with a really friendly atmosphere in Cardiff city centre.

Marilyn & I were the only two from the Branch able to attend this year. We were greeted like old friends by those we had met previously in April, and the rest of the congregation were equally as welcoming. 

We were included in the Act of Remembrance and proudly laid the QA wreath alongside others. We were surprised, during the reading of the names of local war veterans, to hear the name, “Edith Cavell”. Nobody, however, appeared to know how she was connected to the church, a topic for research! 

Monday, 01 May 2017 17:22

FESTIVAL OF WALES REMEMBRANCE CONCERT

Twelve members & friends enjoyed this memorable Welsh event which takes place on the Saturday before the London Celebrations.

Welsh Branch Members joined together with QAs from 203 Field Hospital to mark this event, and the Welsh Branch Standard was proudly carried by Capt Lyndon Davies.

Monday, 01 May 2017 17:21

FRIENDS OF THE MUSEUM AGM & LUNCH

This was attended by two Branch members, Marilyn & Beryl. A very interesting talk was given by guest speaker, Col Jim Ryan, about the History of Military Surgery.

It was a good reunion & informative day on the progress of the proposed new Museum of Military Medicine.

Monday, 01 May 2017 17:20

Pen Y Fan Walk 2016

On a misty day in August a few stalwart Branch members and Bertie, the dog, gathered together to climb Pen Y Fan, the highest peak in the Brecon Beacons. There were varying ages and standards of fitness, with our very fit intrepid walker (and Treasurer), Marian, leading the way.

It was an approximate 1¾ hour climb and despite the miserable weather, the views during the ascent were amazing. All had a great sense of achievement and exhilaration on reaching the summit, and the QA Association badge and scarf were proudly displayed in the group photograph. During the descent the long expected rain set in and the lunch, provided at the Brecon Mountain Centre, was much appreciated.

 

Monday, 01 May 2017 17:18

Not Forgotten Garden Party 2016

I was extremely fortunate this year to be invited to the “Not Forgotten” Association Royal Garden Party at Buckingham Palace, which was held in May. This is an annual occasion and is the last party of the season and much smaller than the other parties, only 2,500 guests in comparison with 4,000 for the others.

It is always attended by one member of the Royal Family; this year it was Prince Andrew and his two daughters, Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie. 

I met two QARANC Association members, Maj (Retd) Dottie Calderwood, and WO1 (Retd) Anne P Frazer ARRC in the beautiful gardens of the Palace on a lovely sunny day. 

It was a joyful, colourful occasion, with the military bands playing and everyone dressed in summer outfits or smart uniform. The RSM was presented to Princess Beatrice, who was charming, friendly and very interested in the RSM’s hat. 

We mingled amongst the crowd and met up with other QARANC personnel. There were also a number of well-known celebrities chatting and having their photographs taken. Tea was served at 2.15pm and consisted of delicate sandwiches, cakes and strawberries and cream. 

A perfect day, “Not to be Forgotten”.

Marilyn Williams

Wednesday, 30 April 2014 00:00

Welcome to Wales

Formed February 1968. To share friendship and memories. To enjoy outings and to know that there is help and support if required. The branch aims to expand by intense recruiting of new members.

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A Career in Army Nursing

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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

www.armyjobs.mod.uk

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