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Monday, 01 May 2017 17:55

St Paul’s Cathedral 2016

The annual City of London Remembrance service and wreath-laying ceremony took place on Sunday 13 November.

The Millbank branch QARANC association paraded with the Federation of the Old Comrades Association of the London TA and auxiliary units. Our standard-bearer was Alison Browne with escorts Jane Parker and Barbara Johnson.

The service at St Paul’s Cathedral was beautiful, the acoustics and choir adding to the melancholy of the act of Remembrance. It was such an honour to carry the Standard into the cathedral and to parade from there to The Royal Exchange, behind the band of the Honorary Artillery Company, for the wreath-laying ceremony. Prince and Princess Michael of Kent were in attendance during the service and wreath-laying, also taking the salute as we finally marched to the Mansion House.  

Here a splendid lunch was hosted by the new Lord Mayor of London Dr Andrew Parmley. The atmosphere was enriched by the wonderful uniforms of the Pike Men and the Sheriffs. Prince and Princess Michael of Kent circulated amongst the guests.

Alison Browne 

Monday, 01 May 2017 17:52

Visit to Apothecaries Hall 2016

On Friday 23 September, twenty-five members of Millbank Branch and friends met up in London to visit Apothecaries Hall near Blackfriars.

The Worshipful Society of Apothecaries was incorporated by royal charter as a City Livery Company in 1617. Over the centuries, it has had many roles and undertaken many activities. These include being a major centre for the manufacture and sale of drugs at the Hall from 1671-1922, being the founder and manager of Chelsea Physic Garden, and from 1815 it was the medical examining and licensing body.

Monday, 01 May 2017 17:50

2016 in General

This has been a busy period for the Millbank Branch with many successful individual and group activities.

However, casting a shadow came the very sad news that Allison Johnson, our previous past secretary, had become unwell during the year and tragically died on 20 December. Much has already been said and written about Allison. I believe I can add nothing other than to say that in her pragmatic way, she undoubtedly would have wished the Branch to celebrate our achievements in The Gazette and continue to flourish.

In July 2016, one of our members, Annette Bowden Whisker, joined the 256 Field Hospital team to participate in this year’s gruelling four days Nijmegen March. The team was one of the few not to “lose” anyone along the way. In August, another member, Mary Hirst, celebrated her 80th birthday with a ‘skydive’. Mary is a veteran of twelve jumps whilst a regular QA but it was fifty years since her last. Well done Mary for raising over £500 for the veterans’ charity Walking With The Wounded.

The Branch enjoyed visits to The Hunterian Museum and Apothecaries Hall. Members attended Turning of the Pages and joined the QARANC groups at the Field of Remembrance and Remembrance Sunday parades at Whitehall and St Paul’s Cathedral.

Finally, a wonderful Christmas lunch and celebration was enjoyed by over 70 members and guests at Guy’s Tower. A splendid way to conclude the year. Very importantly, Allison and husband Robert could be with us for this occasion.

Judy Cook

Branch Secretary

Monday, 01 May 2017 17:48


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


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


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

In the early morning hours of February 26, 1918 HMHS Glenart Castle had just entered the Celtic Sea after leaving Newport (Wales) en route to France to pick up wounded, she was sailing with only her crew and hospital staff.






Operator: Union-Castle Line

Builder: Harland and Wolff

Launched: 20 September 1900

Completed: 6 December 1900

Tonnage: 6,807 tons gross

Formerly: The Galician

Fate: Torpedoed by German U-boat UC-56, 26 February 1918. Wreck lies approximately 10 mi (16 km) west of Lundy Island in 240 ft (73 m) of water POS - 51:07N 05:03W. 

At about 0400 hrs two torpedoes hit the Glenart Castle on her starboard side, almost immediately all power was lost and all lights went out, the ship was plunged into darkness. Reports vary but it is believed that the ship sunk in about 7 minutes. One lifeboat had been destroyed by the explosions and others had much difficulty getting into the water, however seven boats were got away, but only one was ever found.

Monday, 01 May 2017 15:10

Chester Branch 2017

13 July 2017 - 70th Anniversary Event (more details to follow)

13 September 2017 - AGM (venue TBC)



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