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A group of 22 personnel from DMGSE embarked on a four day tour of Normandy, France on Operation Cantina Overlord. With the objective to enhance knowledge about the D-Day landings (Operation Overlord) which took place on the 6th June 1944 and the military precision planning it involved. The first stop was Memorial de Caen. The memorial provided the students with an overall understanding of the D-Day landings and countries involved with the operation.

The second day started with a visit to Pegasus Bridge, perhaps one of the most famous landmarks in Normandy. For the British it was crucial that Pegasus Bridge was liberated to ensure the success of Operation Tonga, the codename for airborne operations takeing place over the 5 – 6 June 1944. The mission to take Pegasus Bridge was led by Major John Howard and the men of 'D' Company, 2nd (Airborne) Battalion, Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry. After looking around the Pegasus Bridge museum the students then departed to the Merville Battery.

Florence Nightingale Shore was born in Stamford, Lincolnshire on 10th January 18651,2,3. Florence Nightingale was one of her Godparents4. She was brought up in Mickleover, Derbyshire2. In 1891 she travelled to China to work as a nursery nurse4. In 1893 she returned to the UK and started her nurse training at The Royal Infirmary, Edinburgh, Scotland (aged 28)2, 5. In 1897 she completed her midwifery training at the Rotunda Hospital in Dublin6. Towards the end of 1897 she enrolled at the Queen Victoria Jubilee Institute for Nurses in London and became a Queen’s Nurse7. She completed district nurse training later working in Reading and Sunderland.

She joined the Princess Christian's Army Nursing Service (Reserve) on May 18th 19008, and served with the Imperial Yeomanry Hospital at Deelfontein, South Africa during the Boer War9, 10, then returned to district nursing in Sunderland.

In the early morning hours of February 26, 1918 HMHS Glenart Castle had just entered the Celtic Sea after leaving Newport (Wales) en route to France to pick up wounded, she was sailing with only her crew and hospital staff.






Operator: Union-Castle Line

Builder: Harland and Wolff

Launched: 20 September 1900

Completed: 6 December 1900

Tonnage: 6,807 tons gross

Formerly: The Galician

Fate: Torpedoed by German U-boat UC-56, 26 February 1918. Wreck lies approximately 10 mi (16 km) west of Lundy Island in 240 ft (73 m) of water POS - 51:07N 05:03W. 

At about 0400 hrs two torpedoes hit the Glenart Castle on her starboard side, almost immediately all power was lost and all lights went out, the ship was plunged into darkness. Reports vary but it is believed that the ship sunk in about 7 minutes. One lifeboat had been destroyed by the explosions and others had much difficulty getting into the water, however seven boats were got away, but only one was ever found.

AMS Rugby

The Inaugural Inter-Unit Harriet Cup was played for at 33 Fd Hosp last week, with female teams coming from up and down the country.

A hard played competition eventually saw DMG(SE) take overall win, with RCDM as runner up.

If you are part of the AMS, Regular or Reserve and would like to get involved in Rugby please contact your Unit Rugby Officers to seek further details.


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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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