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In the Company of Nurses: The History of the British Army Nursing Service in the Great War

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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 official launch of the book took place on 11 November 2014 at the Royal College of Surgeons in Edinburgh. However the Royal College of Nursing are hosting an event on Thursday 4 December 2014 at their Headquarters in London. This will form part of their series of evening lectures and Yvonne will speak about the book and following a reception she will be available to sign copies. For those that are interested in attending the RCN event, please see the attached programme.

Orders for the book which can be placed at the Museum of Military Medicine:



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