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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.


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,



DE13 7AR 

12.00 noon

Monday 4th June 2018

ALL requests for tickets are to come to:

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 
Millbank Branch

The Royal Centre for Defence Medicine (RCDM) celebrated the Queen Alexandra’s Royal Army Nursing Corps day on the 27 March 2018.  In keeping with unit norms, the day started with a physical training session comprising mainly of enjoyable team building activities at the newly built University of Birmingham gym.  The rest of the day was held at the state of the art Glenart Castle Mess where attendees enjoyed elevenses and had the opportunity to enjoy the fellowship of their fellow QAs; sharing stories and experiences.  After elevenses, Father David Smith RAChD conducted a wonderful service, complete with hymns, prayers, remembrance and the laying of a wreath. The service provided the perfect opportunity to remember those who are no longer here with us, and an opportunity for solemn reflection on ones own life.

We had the honour to host members of the Birmingham QA Association whose presence added real character and improved the richness of the day. The theme of the event was ‘QARANC, past, present and future’. The audience heard from Kevin Crimmonds and Sue Reading, both from the QA Association. They delivered short reflective talks on the QARANC from a historical perspective. The content was exciting, light hearted but contained extremely useful counsel.   Sgt Kerry Fleming then delivered a talk on the current challenges and dynamism of the QARANC, highlighting the diverse skill mix of nurses and the very impressive extracurricular achievements of some of the nurses in the audience.

A talk on the future of nursing from a conceptual perspective was to be delivered by a QARANC Student Nurse but regrettably; she was called away to attend a family emergency.  After a wonderful lunch where the ESS staff at the mess demonstrated their culinary genius, we heard from David Hornsby, the Matron of the Emergency Department (ED) at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham (QEHB). David delivered a talk titled ‘Synergy; QARANC and QEHB’ where he spoke about the synergistic excellence that exists within ED as a result of working with QAs.  We then heard from a representative of the QEHB Charity, Tara Sullivan. Tara delivered a short talk on the good work of the charity which highlighted their various projects and the contribution the charity makes to the improvement of care delivery, support to patient family and the support for medical and health research. Of particular note, is Fisher House; a home away from home for the family of military inpatients at the hospital which the charity funds.

The Officer Commanding Clinical Division, Lt Col Dutton MBE delivered the closing brief after which she cut the cake and attendees enjoyed afternoon tea in the company of their fellow QAs.  We would like to thank the QARANC Association at RHQ for sponsoring this event. In particular, we would like to thank Sue McAteer the General Secretary of the QARANC Association for her support. We would also like to express gratitude to the QEHB Charity for their significant financial contribution, which helped to fund the day. We remain grateful to all the speakers and guests for their pivotal contribution to the event.



The Newcastle Branch of the QA Association had an entertaining lunch at the “Landmark” Chinese Restaurant in Newcastle on 27 March 2018.

Ten of our members turned up for a delightful chance of “reminiscence therapy".

On the 25th March, the Millbank Branch held their annual Corps Day at the Royal Hospital Chelsea.
62 members & guests attended the church service. We were honoured to have Col Carol Kefford & Col Ashleigh Boreham with us as well as three members of 256 (C of L ) Field Hospital (V).
Lt Col Jo Cooke read the QA collect & Cpl Annette Bowden Whiskers carried the standard escorted by two Millbank members, Liz Gregory & Adele Rutledge. Padre Steven Brooke made us all very welcome.
After the service 58 of us including Padre Steven retired to the In-Pensioners Club for a delicious curry lunch.
Col Carol & Col Ash kindly gave us a brief update on the Association & it's work & where the AMS is today. There are many changes ahead but I am confident that they will be embraced by Association Members & the wider AMS family.
The decibel level at lunch let me know that the day was a success.
Lindi Kibbey
Millbank Branch.

Assistant Head Health Strategy / Chief Nursing Officer (Army)

Senior Health Advisor (Army) Department

Colonel Alison McCourt joined the Army in 1988. Following nurse training and service within the ranks in the United Kingdom and Germany, Alison was selected for commission in the QARANC in 1994. She subsequently undertook specialist training in Emergency Nursing at Leeds University and since then has undertaken a number of Clinical, Regimental and Staff appointments. 

Alison has deployed to Bosnia, Kosovo, Iraq and Sierra Leone.  Following her deployment to Bosnia as the Senior Nursing Officer of the hospital she was awarded the honour of Associate Royal Red Cross. Subsequent assignments include Officer Instructor at the Defence Medical Services Training Centre and a deployment to Kosovo as the Senior Nursing Officer for 33 Field Hospital in 2001. During that operational tour she was the in-theatre lead for the establishment of the joint UK/US hospital facility at Camp Bondsteel.

Her first staff appointment was as SO3 Medical Operations and Training at Headquarters 3rd (United Kingdom) Division in 2001 which included a deployment with the headquarters on Op TELIC 2. Following promotion to Major she attended the Intermediate Command and Staff Course (Land) in 2005.  In 2008 she returned to clinical duties prior to deploying as an individual augmentee for 22 Field Hospital on Op TELIC 13. This was followed by Sub Unit Command with 22 Field Hospital, as Officer Commanding 13 Medical Evacuation Squadron. During this period Alison completed a Post Graduate Diploma in International Human Resource Management which she has recently progressed to MSc.

Following promotion to Lieutenant Colonel in 2011, Alison attended the Advanced Command and Staff Course. Her initial SO1 appointment was as Chief of Staff, Headquarters 2nd Medical Brigade in York in Aug 2012.  Alison assumed Command of 22 Field Hospital in July 2013 and deployed the Unit to Sierra Leone on Op GRITROCK in Oct 14.  She was awarded an OBE for her leadership of 22 Field during Op GRITROCK.

On promotion to Colonel in Dec 2015 she assumed an appointment in the newly established Senior Health Advisors department and has been the lead for Assurance and now Health Strategy in that area. 

Alison assumed the appointment of Chief Nursing Officer for the Army on 1 Feb 18.

Remembrance Travel for The Royal British Legion are on a mission to find every single surviving veteran of the Second World War, and offer them a chance to revisit the places they served during the war. The tours are being fully funded by the Treasury from LIBOR bank fines and will enable veterans, along with a carer and family member, to return free-of-charge to the battlefields of their youth to pay respects to fallen comrades. 

Over the past four years they have enabled Normandy veterans to return to the D-Day beaches on such journeys of remembrance, and thanks to the success of this campaign we are now able to extend this offer to all veterans of the Second World War this year. New Normandy dates are available each year and they intend to add tours to other worldwide locations in the future in line with demand. 

These poignant tours visit battlefields, cemeteries and include group and personal acts of remembrance. Since these tours started, The Royal British Legion has had the privilege to take hundreds of veterans back in what has been an emotive and cathartic experience for all. In the words of one veteran: "All the ghosts have been laid. If you get the chance to go back, you go." 

There is no database of currently living Second World War veterans - the majority are now in their 90s, so they are calling on your Regimental and Corps networks and associations to help us spread the word. If you do know a veteran, please let them know about our free tours. 

In addition to our LIBOR funded tours, Remembrance Travel is also offering competitively priced remembrance tours to other locations. The two on offer this year are a river cruise over Armistice Day and a tour to Burma. All tours are accompanied by a qualified guide and a doctor or medic: Discounts will be considered for those veterans who meet certain eligibility requirements if they served in the areas visited on these tours. 

Veterans interested in joining any of these tours need to apply to our tour operator, Arena Travel on 01473 660800, or visit 

Normandy 6 Day tours departing various dates each month
Monte Cassino (RBL funded) 15-19 May 2018
Normandy Veterans UK based tour at National Memorial Arboretum (NMA) 01 June 2018
Burma 08-16 November 2018
Armistice River Cruise (Netherlands) 06-13 November 2018


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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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