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Sgt Cally Pearson joined the QARANC in 2005, joining as a Healthcare Assistant. Having completing a tour of Iraq and an overseas posting to Germany she later transferred to do her nursing diploma.On completion at Birmingham City University (BCU) she decided not to apply for commission and decided to pursue the instructor route where she gained qualifications in battle casualty drills training, weapons, range management, advanced drill and basic tactics, all of which are used regularly in Phase 2 training. She is currently serving as a Section Commander for Phase 1 Training at ATC Pirbright.

The Bi-Nursing Services Tennis Tournament 2015 was held at RAF Halton on Thursday 10 September. After a successful win by the QA's in 2014 after a long 10 year reign by the RAF, we were keen to defend out title.

I am pleased to say this was done in extreme style, totally dominating the RAF winning four out of the five matches! We were delighted to see two new players representing the QA's this year Lt Scott – DMG (S) and Pte Middlemiss DMG (SE) who did a sterling job of winning the Ladies Doubles. Other champions included Pte Gama – DMG (N) - men's singles winner, Lt Col Grieves RRC – 2 Med X and Lt Roberts – DMG (SE) mixed doubles winners and Lt Scott in her second match – Ladies singles winner. I would like to thank the Col Comdt and our avid fans for their encouraging cheers and supporting the event and we will look forward to repeating the victory in 2016!

Lt Col Grieves RRC

A former Army nurse from Edinburgh has recently taken on a new role in Scotland to make more wounded, injured and sick veterans aware of the support available through the charity Help for Heroes.Veteran Mary Wilson, 51, is the first Help for Heroes -Band of Brothers and Sisters coordinator for Scotland. The Band of Brothers (BoB) provides lifelong support to those who have sustained a career limiting/ending injury during or attributable to service. The Band of Sisters (BoS) provides lifelong support to their loved ones.Download the full article depicting Mary's progress.

Millbank Branch were again honoured to be part of the Step Short Parade in Folkestone. Six of us paraded - Linda Kibbey, Jane Carey Harris, Brigid Kelly, Guinivere Foley, Liz Gregory and standard bearer, Di Robertson Bell. Liz was an excellent standard bearer but luckily the standard bearers were given respite from carrying their standards for the whole march. I am sure they were most grateful. 

Details of the AMS Past and Present Dinner 2015 can be downloaded here.

Dates for your diary:

Sat 27 Jun 15 - Armed Forces Day - Cardiff

Military Parade, Drum Head Service

Buffet Lunch and Military Entertainment

Wed 15 Jul 15

Dyffryrn Gardens

Tour of House & Gardens & Lunch

Wed 26 Aug 15

Cyfartha Castle, Museum & Park

Historical Talk & Buffet Lunch

Dates for your diary.  

Wed 24 Jun 15 - 1030hrs - Beamish Open Air Museum

Sat 11 Jul 15 - 1030hrs - City tour Walking - heart of the City - Ann Clouston - Meet at Greys Monument

Sat 15 Aug 15 - 1030hrs - City Tour Walking - Medical Matters - Ann Clouston - Meet at Queen Victoria Infrimary, Peacock Hall Porch

Thu 17 Sep 15 - River Tyne or Martime Museum - tbc

Sat 12 Sep - 1200hrs - Meeting - Speaker Alex Johnson - tbc - Fenham Barracks

Fri 27 Nov 15 - 1900hrs - Christmas Function - Britannia Hotel - tbc

Please confirm details with the branch secretary.



Dates for your diary:


27th May 2015 - Annual National War Memorial Service at Edinburgh Castle. Ticketed event, two nominated members will attend.
2nd October 2015 - Annual Lunch to be held at Royal Scot Club 29-31 Ambercromby Place Edinburgh EH3 6QE.
2nd November 2015 - 1100am - Opening of Garden of Remembrance at Scott Monument Princess Street Gardens.
8th November 2015 - Laying of QARANC wreath at City Chambers., followed by service at St Giles Cathedral.
14th November 2015 -1100am-1300pm - QA Coffee morning to be held within Erskine Edinburgh Home, 468 Gilmerton Road Edinburgh EH17 7SA.
14th May 2016 - 1400-1600pm - AGM to be held within Erskine Edinburgh Home, 468 Gilmerton Road Edinburgh EH17 7SA

For further details - please contact Isobel Gibson by email -

An Agenda and Briefing note for the 67th Annual General Meeting can be downloaded here.

An exhibition showing how the ships and crews of the Mercantile Marine met the need in the First World War to transport troops from Britain, its Empire and Allies to fronts around the world and bring home the wounded. 'Hospital + Troop Ships' is on until Sunday 31st May, admission free, on board a ship in central London.


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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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