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Viv Newman has written a book about women on the home front in WW1. However, she has requested that we help publicise a petition via a link on her website about the possible closure of the library at the Imperial War Museum. This is truly shocking especially as the library and museum has recently undergone refurbishment at vast expense and then the Government wish to close the library. If you agree that we should save our history please visit her website and sign the petition.

On November 4th a party of 8 from the Chester Branch Flew to Toronto Canada at the invitation of the Canadian British Legion branch based in Brace bridge to take part in their Service of Remembrance on the 11th November 2014.

In the Company of Nurses written by Yvonne McEwen, is the authorised history of the British Army Nursing Service in the Great War. Published official and unofficial documents, letters and diaries tell the story of the Queen Alexandra's Imperial Military Nursing Service (QAIMNS) during the First World War. The publication was commissioned by the QARANC and funded in part by the QARANC Association. A pre-launch of the book took place at the Prince Consort Library in October where Yvonne McEwan spoke about the book and advised on the importance of accurately recording events and practices in order to better inform the future. She advised that she encountered considerable voids when gathering information and data for the publication and explained how these were overcome. She also shared the background on how the book received its title.

The Army Medical Services (AMS) will be holding a Christmas Carol Service on Wednesday 3rd December 2014 at the Chapel of the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst (RMAS) commencing at 18.30hrs.

A collection will be held during the service, all donations will go to the AMS Museum Fighting Fund.

London exhibition inspired by WWI Centenary and Great British achievers supports charities World-leading body cast sculptor, Louise Giblin, is to unveil new work to remind us that WWI was not 'the war to end all wars'. Veterans of 10 different wars post-WWI were hand cast for Living Legends/Lest We Forget at Gallery DIFFERENT, Percy St, 7-15 November. Bronze plaques detailing experiences of current and retired members of the British Military will show alongside new sculptures produced by head casting Duncan Goodhew MBE, Michael Portillo, Olympian ex-BOA Chairman Lord Colin Moynihan and soul singer Reuben Richards; and body casting ski racer and anti-landmine campaigner Heather Mills and ITV's Dancing on Ice skater Daniel Whiston.

Mary Agnes Crawford Blair RRC MM was born on 19 November 1874 in Glasgow, the daughter of Ogilvie Heggie Blair, a merchant and manufacturing agent, and Frances Margaret Crawford, his wife. She was educated at Pollokshields Public School, Glasgow and trained as a nurse at the Royal Infirmary, Glasgow, from May 1894 to May 1897. She joined Princess Christian's Army Nursing Service Reserve at No. 637 on 22 June 1900, serving in South Africa from 30 June 1900 to 27 June 1903, principally at 14 General Hospital, Newcastle and on troop transports. She returned to Glasgow after the war and in 1905 was a Staff Nurse at the Victoria Royal Infirmary, Glasgow. She was appointed Matron of the Kelso Dispensary and Cottage Hospital in 1908.

QAs are known for their versatility and for bringing a wide range of skills to their military role. Maj Alison Cripps QARANC is no different! Having studied classical music for most of her childhood/adult life, Alison has undertaken classical voice training (mezzo-soprano) throughout her military career in conjunction with the demands that a military nursing career brings.

Friday, 05 September 2014 00:00

Colonel Commandant QARANC

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Colonel Jane Davis OBE QVRM TD DL QARANC (V) was appointed as one of the two Colonels Commandant Queen Alexandra's Royal Army Nursing Corps (QARANC) in May 2014. She succeeds Colonel Rosie Kennedy CBE who held this appointment for six years. Colonel Davis has enjoyed a 33 year career with the Reserves and has undertaken many key appointments including those on operational deployment. When not employed in her military role, Jane is holds a senior nursing appointment within the NHS, undertakes work for the Nursing and Midwifery Council and is on the Board of the Halo Trust. She is also a Deputy Lieutenant for Greater London.

In 2008 it was decided to appoint two Colonels Commandant. They are appointed by the Military Secretary following approval by Her Majesty the Queen for a five year tenure. The other Colonel Commandant is Colonel Sue Bush RRC who was appointed in 2011 following retirement from regular service in 2007. Despite the many changes to the Corps over recent years the roles and functions of these Officers remains unchanged. These are to guard Corps traditions, foster esprit-de-Corp and represent the interests of the Corps. They maintain a special relationship with the Colonel-In-Chief, Her Royal Highness the Countess of Wessex and have access to those holding other key appointments. Whilst appreciating the current immense pressures in military units and the differing challenges faced by the QARANC Association, the Colonels Commandant very much wish ensure they remain in touch and contact with both serving and retired personnel. The Colonels Commandant are happy to visit serving personnel in units, whilst on exercise or undertaking training and are happy to be included in Association meetings or any other Branch activity.

Contact should be made through the Regimental Secretary QARANC/General Secretary QARANC Association. Timely notification of proposed invitation dates is required to ensure appropriate planning.

Major Jennifer Jackson has served as a volunteer reservist in the QARANC for 32 years.During Jennifer's 32 years as a Reservist she has seen more than her fair share of action; apart from dealing with the realities of a war zone field hospital, saluting the Queen during her Golden Jubilee she also played a vital role in the London Olympics, her life has been packed full of variety, interest and challenge.

This is a fascinating story of a family (The Beaufoy Family) and the effect of the Great War upon them. The book is centred around Matron Katy Beaufoy and her personal diaries of her serving in both the Boer Ward and World War 1.


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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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