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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,

Alrewas,

Staffordshire

DE13 7AR 

12.00 noon

Monday 4th June 2018

ALL requests for tickets are to come to: admin@qarancassociation.org.uk

http://www.nursingmemorialappeal.org.uk/

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 
Chairman 
Millbank Branch

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