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QARANC Cap Badge
Picture and information about the QARANC Cap Badge:
The Queen Alexandra's Royal Army Nursing Corps (QARANC), like most British army corps and regimental cap badges, is made from staybrite metal material so it stays lovely and shiny. Good news for fans of military spit and polish! These aluminium anodised cap badges were introduced for other ranks in the 1950s. Officers ones are made from silver gilt.
As the photograph of the QA cap badge to the left shows the QA emblem is gold leafed in colour and the bottom writing is silver coloured with the words QARANC type faced in a slightly darker silver colour. The cross has the crown of Great Britain above it.
These pictures of an officer’s QARANC cap badges demonstrate the difference between the reigning Monarch’s crowns. The Kings crowns are on the top whilst the Queen’s are underneath. So QA’s would have worn the top during the reign of King George VI from 1949 to 1952 whilst the bottom ones from Queen Elizabeth II Coronation from 1952 to present day.
These duo are the officers collar badges which are much smaller than the cap badge pictured above. Note the longer loops on the back of the silver gilt officers cap badge above.
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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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QARANC cap badges are worn on the grey QA beret and the number 1 and no. 2 dress peak caps.
The approximate size of the QARANC cap badge is 25mm (1 inches) wide by 42mm (1.625 inches) high.
The Motto Of The QARANC is written around the cap badge. The official motto of The Queen Alexandra's Royal Army Nursing is the Latin phrase Sub cruce candida.
It is possible to buy a Queen Alexandra's Royal Army Nursing Corps (QARANC) cap badge from online auction website Ebay where some private sellers and shops have many such QA items for sale.
QAIMNS Cap Badge
The photo on the left is the QAIMNS Cap Badge. The Queen Alexandra's Imperial Military Nursing Service were formed in 1902 and became the QARANC in 1949.
Though the QAIMNS were formed in 1902 it was not until 1905 that the QA cap badge was approved by His Majesty King Edward VII and became the official insignia of the Queen Alexandra's Imperial Military Nursing. The QA cap badge was designed by the first President of the QAIMNS, HRH Queen Alexandra. She choose the cross of the Order of Dannebrog from Denmark where she was born. This Maltese cross forms the centre of the Order and Queen Alexandra also chose the motto of the Order of Danneborg as the motto for the QAs: Sub Cruce Candida. The motto was introduced to the QAs much earlier, on the thirtieth meeting of the Nursing Board in 1903 cited in the book Queen Alexandra's Royal Army Nursing Corps (Famous Regts. S) by Juliet Piggott).
Army Medical Services School of Nursing Badge
Those QA nurses who trained and qualified in an AMS school of nursing were awarded an Army Medical Services School of Nursing Badge. Blue was awarded to registered nurses and green to enrolled nurses. Up to 1979 these were worn by female QAs on the neck button of their ward dresses. They were large nurse badges and were nicknamed the dustbin lid. Thereafter RAMC and QARANC wore the AMS School of Nursing Badges on their breast pocket and the badges were much smaller. The book Sub Cruce Candida: A Celebration of One Hundred Years of Army Nursing has photos of the Army Medical Services School of Nursing Badges.
The Blue AMS Schools of Nursing badges were only awarded to those student and pupil nurses who passed their Army Class 1 exams (or Hospital finals) and not for passing the State finals. This changed with the January 1988 intake of Student Nurses who were the first of the new curriculum. They did not take hospital finals but instead sat the state finals and were awarded the Blue Army Medical Services School of Nursing badge when they passed the State finals in January 1991. By this time no more pupil nurses (Enrolled Nurses) were trained by the AMS so the green badges were no longer issued.
Army Trained Nurse Badge
When we did our nurse training we took both army and civilian nursing examinations. When you passed your ATN, which was the Army Trained Nurse, you were allowed to apply for civilian finals. Upon passing ATN you were given the ATN badge, in the photo, which you had to wear at the collar of your dress - it weighed a ton. I have photographed it next to a state badge to give you some idea of the size. Stephanie Lowe
The photo below is of the General Nursing Council For England and Wales badge
Below is a photograph of the Army Trained Nurse badge. As well as the nickname Dustbin Lid because of its weight and size, it was also nicknamed the C344 after Army form exam paper certificate AF C344. The badge was issued between 1956 to 1973.
If you sell or know of somewhere that sells the old style bronze very heavy Army Trained Nurse badges then please contact Qaranc.co.uk.
A number of army nursing badges are for sale at Peters Nursing Collectables along with other rare items such as an Army School of Psychiatric Nursing badge and a Princess Christian's Army Nursing Service Reserve silver badge.
Some Army Trained Nurse badges are often available to buy at auction sites like Ebay or at specialist sellers such as the Sally Bosleys Badge Shop at www.sallysbadges.com
If you sell a QARANC or other military cap badges and have a shop or online store and would like it listed here for free then please contact me with information, your website and a photo.
See also the Army School of Psychiatric Nursing Silver Badge page.
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