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This year marks the centenary of two battles of national significance during the First World War; the Battle of Jutland from 31 May to 1 June, and the Battle of the Somme, between 1 July and 18 November. As the national custodian of Remembrance, The Royal British Legion asks you to take part in an event this year to commemorate those who made the ultimate sacrifice in these battles. You could take part in one of the following national or regional events or run something within your local community. See attached letter for further details.

CNO(A) SYMPOSIUM 2016 After much consideration the decision has been made to cancel the CNO(A) Symposium, due to take place 12/13 May 16. The decision has been influenced by multiple factors but essentially the long delay in identifying how professional leadership was to be provided to the Corps following the loss of the DANS appointment, ensured that valuable planning time was lost. This is particularly relevant when trying to attract high calibre speakers, whose diaries are booked well in advance.  Whilst it would have been possible to provide an event, the programme would have relied on availability of speakers rather than quality and content, running the risk of appearing somewhat random and would have lacked the impact of previous events. It is really important that when personnel are required to take time away from their primary duties to attend that it is a worthwhile use of their time and by delaying the symposium and setting up a dedicated planning team, we can set the conditions to provide a symposium which is professionally and militarily relevant to our audience. Please be assured that this decision has not been an easy one to make and is very much regretted.


Colonel KJ Irvine RRC QHN | Chief Nursing Officer (Army)/Revalidation/Head of QARANC

Major Lynda Ricketts QARANC has helped to rebuild remote Nepalese communities after the devastating earthquake that hit the country in April 2015. Major Ricketts based in Sennelager with British Forces Germany Health Services has been in Nepal with 70 Gurkha Field Squadron, 36 Engineer Regiment on Op MARMAT 2 - which means 'rebuild' in Nepali.

Colonel Karen Irvine RRC QHN has been appointed Chief Nursing Officer (Army) and Director QARANC to replace Colonel David Bates ARRC as Director Army Nursing Services (a post that has now been disestablished). She was appointed as Queens Honorary Nurse (QHN) in January 2016.

Last year we notified members that David Caddick, of Arena Travel, is organizing a bespoke tour to Mametz Wood on behalf of The Royal British Legion for the QARANC Association, Welsh Branch. The anniversary of the Battle is 7 -12 July 2016 and the tour has been arranged for 7 -11 July 2016. A new exciting and updated itinerary is attached and can be downloaded.

Christmas came early to QARANC personnel in Germany when they enjoyed a Christmas meal and an evening of games following their Study Period held at Church House.

The date for the above event has been confirmed as Wednesday 11th May 2016. Application for tickets are to be sent to: The Florence Nightingale Foundation 34 Grosvenor Gardens First Floor Front London SW1W 0DH Tel. No. 020 77303030 Email:

The Reunion Lunch and Briefing will be held next year at the Union Jack Club Waterloo London on Saturday 7 May 2016.The application form for the event was distributed with the Autumn Edition of the Gazette. The costings for the event shown on the flyer are incorrect.

The cost is £20 for QARANC Association Members and £25 for their guest.

Application forms should be sent direct to QARANC RHQ.

Lieutenant Colonel Alison McCourt receives her OBE from HRH Prince William on Tuesday 27 October 2015.

Lieutenant Colonel Alison McCourt, of 22 Field Hospital, based in Aldershot, was Commanding Officer of the Kerry Town Treatment Unit between October 2014 and May 2015.

Tuesday, 27 October 2015 00:00

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24 Apr 2020  Branch Chairs & Secretaries Meeting Royal Armouries Leeds
25 Apr 2020  Annual Reunion Lunch Royal Armouries Leeds
12 May 2020 Florence Nightingale Commemorative Service Westminster Abbey


Individual Branch Events

 If you would like more information regarding any of these events please either contact the Regimental Secretary or the individual Branch.





Catterick 4 Dec 19 Christmas Event Catterick
NI Branch 6 Dec 19 Christmas Lunch Belfast
Welsh Branch 6 Dec 19 Christmas Lunch - Golf Club Whitchurch
Newcastle Branch 6 Dec 19 Christmas Function Newcastle
Scottish Branch 7 Dec 19 Christmas Luncheon Scotsman Hotel North Bridge Edinburgh EH1 1TR
Chester Branch 7 Dec 19 Christmas Lunch TBC
Chester Branch 4-7 Sep 2020 Association Reunion Llandudno



Scottish Branch

1 Feb 20 Coffee Catch Up Dumfries
South Downs 8 Feb 20 Veterans Breakfast Porchester

South Downs

1 Mar 20 Sunday Lunch Portsmouth
Scottish Branch 14 Mar 20 QA Corps Day & Luncheon Inverness - details TBC
NI Branch 14 or 21 Mar 20 St Patrick's Celebrations - Food Tour Belfast
NI Branch 9 May 20 Florence Nightingale Celebration - Botanic Garden Belfast
Scottish Branch 15 May 20 70th Anniversary Luncheon The Merchants House of Glasgow 7 West George St Glasgow G2 1BA
NI Branch 17 May 20  Florence Nightingale Service St George's Church  Belfast

Chester Branch

 4-7 Sep 20

Chester Branch Reunion  Llandudno


For a number of these events, there may be a proforma to complete and some may require payment, in the first instance please use the CONTACT FORM or email the Web Manager For more information


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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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