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As part of the Queen Alexandra’s Royal Army Nursing Corps (QARANC) day celebrations 2018, the Army Medical Services (AMS) Polo Team would like to celebrate the contribution made to the team by QARANC personnel.

The AMS Polo Team is comprised of personnel from the four Corps that make the AMS; the Royal Army Medical Corps (RAMC), the Royal Army Veterinary Corps (RAVC), the Royal Army Dental Corps (RADC) and the QARANC.

2017 was a successful year for the AMS Polo team and the successes would not have been possible without the contribution of the QARANC players.

Meet some of our players….

Name: Samantha Bunyan

Rank: Maj

Regular or Reservist: Reservist

Role (Army): OC 154 Squadron, 225 Medical Regt

Role (Civilian): Advanced Nurse Practitioner, Head of Nursing

How long have you played polo: 1 year

Did you ride before you took up polo: Yes

How did you get into polo: I went to a tri-service match in Scotland to support reservist colleagues that I had met on a training course and was persuaded to give it a try.

Besides AMS Polo where else do you play: I play at a local club and indoor arena polo for lessons. 

Do you own a pony: Yes. 

What do you like about polo: I love the competition on the pitch, the camaraderie, learning and practicing the skills required -balance, poise, control, tactics, strength, endurance, power and grit!

What elements of the sport do you use in your job role: The tactical elements, planning strategy, supporting each other and working as a team to achieve the goal.

Do you partake in other equestrian sports: Not yet, but feel the skills and confidence in riding that I have gained in learning to play polo could easily be transferred to another discipline and I will certainly be investigating other options, especially if it will enhance my game performance. 

Advice for non-polo players: Polo is a game that anyone can learn, even if you haven’t ridden before or if your riding skills are at novice level. It is great fun, builds personal confidence and fitness.

Tell us one polo fact: The line of the ball is the extended path along which the ball has travelled or is travelling, and is used to decide which player has precedence.


From time to time the Association receives requests to provide contact details of its members to other individuals and organisations, or a request for us to search our records for information. However data protection legislation makes it clear that we can only use data for the purpose for which it has been collected. In our case, we use members’ personal information in connection with their membership, to tell them about events and to send them the QARANC Association Gazette twice a year. The Association does not release members contact details to third parties. It is possible for a notice to be placed in the Gazette, depending on the nature of the enquiry. This may take some months to be done, but a response is unlikely.

We also receive requests from previous members of the Corps for information about their careers or their service details. Regimental Headquarters does not hold any records about previous members of the Corps, and these are held at the Army Personnel Centre. These records are available on application to the Army Personnel Centre by the individual, or the next of kin of a deceased individual. The Museum of Military Medicine likewise does not hold personnel records of individuals.

The National Archives hold records up to 1920 of individuals who served in the Armed Forces. These are in the public domain. A reader ticket is required to look at records, and charges are made for copies.

Useful contacts:

The National Archives:

Veterans UK:

Service records 1920 onwards:

RHQ would like to remind  members that annual subscriptions to the Association are now due.

Members should check their bank accounts to see if direct debits/standing orders have been paid.

Any member who still pays annually by cheque should send a cheque for £12.00  to the General Secretary at RHQ. Direct debit mandates are available from RHQ for members to change from cheque payment to direct debit.

The QARANC Association 70th Anniversary first day cover was launched officially on 1 December 2017. This is an auspicious date as it is the anniversary of the birthday in 1844 of Alexandra at the Yellow Palace in Copenhagen. In 1902 she became the Patron of the newly formed Queen Alexandra’s Imperial Military Nursing Service, and her name continued to be associated with the service when it became Queen Alexandra’s Royal Army Nursing Corps in 1949.

Now that all the orders have been filled and sent out, there is a limited number of covers still available to purchase from RHQ. The cost is £7.50 including postage.

If you wish to purchase one, please send your cheque (Payable to the QARANC Association) for £7.50 to: Regimental Secretary, RHQ QARANC, HQ AMS, Robertson House, Slim Road, Camberley, Surrey, GU15 4NP.

If you are unable to send a cheque, please use a postal order as we do not currently have the facility to accept payment by Paypal or BACS. Please do not send cash. In order to fulfil your order promptly please include your name and address, including post code, a day time telephone number and email address.


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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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