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Access the medal rolls of the Territorial Force Nursing Service thought lost but newly discovered in the Army Medical Services Museum and now over 6000 TFNS documents are online

It is with much excitement that we report that the Territorial Force Nursing Service medal rolls are now available to view online. These TFNS records were thought lost, however an online exclusive collection of 5-6,000 names, can now be viewed thanks to research undertaken by Phil Cooper, the Technical Director of Forces War Records. Phil discovered them in a donated box whilst searching through the Army Medical Services Museum archive. These have subsequently been digitised for online search with the help of the museum's staff.

Territorial Force Nursing Service Medal Rolls

The QAIMNS Reserve and the Territorial Force Nursing Service were formed after the Territorial and Reserve Forces Act of 1907. By 1908 there were 3000 members of the TFNS. Their role was to serve around Great Britain in the 23 Territorial Hospitals (TH). These were controlled by the War Office and under Army administration (cited in It's a Long Way to Tipperary British and Irish Nurses in the Great War by Yvonne McEwen). When the Great War started each Territorial Hospital had a maximum bed capacity of 520 beds which were staffed by 91 nurses with a reserve of 30. Members of the TFNS also served during the First World War with the Expeditionary Force. This war saw their number soar to around 8000.

In 1921 the Territorial Force was renamed to the Territorial Army (TA) and so the Territorial Force Nursing Service (TFNS) became the Territorial Army Nursing Service (TANS).

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The Drummer Boy The Drummer Boy continues the adventures of QARANC nurse, Scott Grey, who has the special gift of seeing military ghosts. In this novel he is haunted by the ghost of a Gordon Highlander Drummer Boy from the Battle of Waterloo. It is based on the legends of the Tidworth Military Hospital Drummer Boy.


Chapters take place in modern day Aberdeen, at the Noose & Monkey bar and restaurant as well as His Majesty’s Theatre and Garthdee. Other scenes take place at Tidworth and during the Napoleonic War where I describe battlefield medical care of this era.


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Forces War Records are a genealogy site where you can find military records of over 6 million British Armed Forces personnel cross matched with over 4000 Regiments, Bases and Ships. This link includes a free search and a special discount of 40% off membership offer for visitors who use the discount code AF40 if they decide to become a member.
Search Now. A unique feature is their WW1 Soldiers Medical Records section.







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