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PostSubject: QARANC 1854-Present   6th November 2008, 2:53 pm


Queen Alexandra's Royal Army Nursing Corps

The QARANC (Queen Alexandra's Royal Army Nursing Corps) has served the nursing and medical needs of the British army, their allies, prisoners of war and local civilians since 1854. Though they were then known as the Army Nursing Service and then the Queen Alexandra’s Imperial Military Nursing Service

In modern times QARANC personnel serve in NHS hospitals alongside civilian staff and at Ministry of Defence Hospital Units. QA's work alongside the army, navy and Royal Air Force (RAF) in field hospitals alongside the Royal Army Medical Corps (RAMC) and with units and battalions with a variety of regiments and corps in the field and in Medical Units at camps throughout the UK and the world. As an example the QARANC are mobilised in the Field Hospital in Iraq and Afghanistan and the newly created Close Support Hospital (CSH) and Small Hospital Unit (SHU) QA’s were what would have traditionally been called the Front Line providing life saving nursing support. The work of the Medical Treatment Facility (MTF) Helmand Territory Southern Afghanistan
The Royal Herbert Hospital at Woolwhich SE London has now been redeveloped into luxury apartments and still retains many features of the army hospital. Other former military hospitals have been converted into NHS facilities such as the QEMH Woolwich whilst many remain firmly fixed in the memories of former and serving QA's like the CMH Aldershot.

Though many of the military hospitals are now closed the tradition and customs of the QARANC lives on in serving members and much of the historical artefacts are retained and on display at the QARANC Museum and over the years many traditions have been retained such as the QA Motto, the QA and AMS Prayer and the Cap Badge. These have been joined by modern ceremonies such as the Army Medical Services Christmas Carol Service.
Since 1902, when the QAIMNS were formed, there have been notable members of the QAs and this continues into the modern day QARANC. This includes Dame Maud McCarthy who gave outstanding service during the Boer War and the First World War and Dame Margot Turner who saw active service in World War Two, survived being ship wrecked before being taken Prisoner by the Japanese Army . She survived and had an illustrious nursing and military career and became a Colonel Commandant of the QAs.

Five years later the QAs saw war service during the Korean War

The QA Association has been providing support and friendship to QAs past and present for over 60 years throughout the world. Through re-unions and events members of the QARANC come together to share memories and make new friends and meet up with old comrades. The QA Association maintains the history of the Corps and keeps records of achievements as well as publishing the twice yearly Corps magazine The Gazette

QARANC nurses have and still continue to serve their country worldwide. This takes them throughout the UK and in places such as Afghanistan, Angola, Australia, Belize, Bosnia, Brunei, Canada, Cyprus, The Falkland Islands, Germany, Gibraltar, Iraq, Kenya, Kosovo, Kuwait, New Zealand, Northern Ireland, Rwanda and Sierra Leone.
Anywhere the army is deployed then you are sure to find the QARANC. For this reason British Army nurses are highly trained in the latest military and nursing techniques and enjoy a dual role in the army. They are rewarded financially, socially and can gain many nursing qualifications
In 2007 a QA Memorial was built at the newly opened National Memorial Arboretum which commemorates the service personnel killed since the Second World War.

For the official Army QARANC webpage please go to
For the QARANC Association website please go to

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