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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 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.


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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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