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Two members of Millbank Branch, QARANC Association, on the 1st Sep 18 were privileged to attend a Drumhead Service at The Royal Hospital Chelsea to commemorate the London Divisions actions during the final 100 days of WW1.The service was lead by the The Right Honourable Reverend Lord Chartres.
 
The Lord Lieutenant of London & many other dignitaries together with other guests were welcomed by the women of the First Aid Nursing Yeomanry (FANY). Among the guests were the family of Pte Jack Harvey VC. He was awarded the VC for single handedly putting a machine gun post and its crew, out of action. As always the The Chelsea Pensioners resplendent in their scarlet coats were in attendance.
 
Following a moving & fitting service which included some songs from the The North London Military Wives Choir, the guests were invited to the hospitality marquee where they we saw interactive stands & displays & arena events by Youth Organisations in Uniform (YOU).
 
It was an honour to attend  such a memorable occasion.
 
Janette Parkin
Millbank Branch

STEP SHORT PARADE 22 July 2018

With France visible across the Strait of Dover, Folkestone became an important transit point in WW1 for soldiers including nurses leaving for the battlefields of the Western Front.  From August 2014 until the end of the war approximately 10 million men passed through the port to France including others who were returning on leave or who were wounded requiring hospital treatment.

Embarkation was from the Leas, the cliffs above the harbour, and men marched down a steep hill to the boats that would take them to France. The word of command given to the marching men was, ‘step short’ and so today we honour all those who fought and gave their lives in WW1 at the Step Short Parade at the War Memorial Arch situated on the Leas directly above the harbour.  Col Jane Carey-Harris, Majors Adele Rutledge, Christine Duchemin, Liz Gregory and Major Gwin Foley as standard bearer, paraded for Millbank Branch of the Queen Alexandra’s Royal Army Nursing Corps Association.  We were proud to join approximately 200 others on parade from military Associations including between 20-30 standards being proudly carried.

2018 marks a special milestone in our commemoration of all those who were involved in WW1 but particularly those who marched down the hill now known as the Road of Remembrance to Folkestone Harbour and the and battlefields beyond.

GEF 22 Jul 18

The QARANC Association will fully fund a PhD Scholar from within the Association membership to undertake PhD studies at the University of Cardiff commencing October 2019 (or sooner if it suits the person accepted).

The Association has a particular interest in the heritage of the Corps with one of the Objects of the Association being, “Fostering esprit de corps, comradeship and the welfare of the corps and preserving its traditions .", something that is also made clear in the establishment, and the Terms of Reference, of the Heritage and Chattels Committee.

Although much has been written about the history of Army nursing, and many scholars continue to research and write our history, there is a lack of authoritative writing from the perspective of Army nurses themselves. It has been difficult for Army nurses, serving or retired, to gain the necessary skills and standing to be able to write history that is acceptable in academic and scholarly contexts. There are members of the Association who would like the opportunity to gain these skills at Doctoral level, in order to advance the body of knowledge from within Army nursing.

SCHOLARSHIP

The QARANC Association will fully fund a PhD Scholar from within the Association membership to undertake PhD studies at the University of Cardiff commencing October 2019 (or sooner if it suits the person accepted). The main supervisor will be Professor Holly Furneaux of the School of English, Communication and Philosophy, University of Cardiff.

For more information on the Scholarship including how to apply download the attached document below

On Saturday 7th July Millbank Branch held their AGM at the HQ of 256 (City of London) Field Hospital.
20 members attended. Some members were unable to attend at the last minute due to transport issues. Those who did make it battled with folks going to the Pride March & others making their way to the Finsbury Park Festival. If that was not enough they had to contend with the heat! We were melting.
The meeting went well which was then followed by an interesting & enlightening talk from Lt Col Tony McGrath QARANC 2iC of 256 about where they are now & where they will be in the future in the scheme of things.
Members were most impressed with his presentation.
This was follow by a sumptuous afternoon tea & a glass of Prosecco.
 
We have set the date for next year's AGM so that it does not clash with Wimbledon's finals
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