» Site Map

» Home Page

Historical Info

» Find Friends – Search Old Service and Genealogy Records

» History

» QAIMNS for India

» QAIMNS First World War

» Territorial Force Nursing Service TFNS

» WW1 Soldiers Medical Records

» Field Ambulance No.4

» Chain of Evacuation of Wounded Soldiers

» War Graves Nurses

» Book of Remembrance

» Example of Mentioned in Despatches Letter

» Love Stories

» World War 1 Letters

» QA World War Two

» Africa Second World War

» War Diaries of Sisters

» D Day Normandy Landings

» Belsen Concentration Camp

» Voluntary Aid Detachment

» National Service

» Korean War

» Gulf War

» Op Telic

» Royal Red Cross Decoration

» Colonels In Chief

» Director Army Nursing Services (DANS)

» Colonel Commandant

» Matrons In Chief (QAIMNS)

Follow us on Twitter:
Follow qaranchistory on Twitter

» Grey and Scarlet Corps March

» Order of Precedence

» Motto

» QA Memorial National Arboretum

» NMA Heroes Square Paving Stone

» Memorial Window

» Army Medical Services Monument

» Recruitment Posters

» Museum

» QA Association

» Standard

» QA and AMS Prayer and Hymn

» Books

Former Army Hospitals


» Army Chest Unit

» Cowglen Glasgow

» CMH Aldershot

» Colchester

» Craiglockhart

» DKMH Catterick

» Duke of Connaught Unit Northern Ireland

» Endell Street

» Ghosts

» Hospital Ghosts

» Haslar

» King George Military Hospital Stamford Street London

» QA Centre

» QAMH Millbank

» QEMH Woolwich

» Musgrave Park Belfast

» Netley

» Royal Chelsea Hospital

» Royal Herbert

» Royal Brighton Pavilion Indian Hospital

» School of Physiotherapy

» Tidworth

» Wheatley


» Ambulance Trains

» Hospital Barges

» Ambulance Flotilla

» Hospital Ships


» Berlin

» Hamburg

» Hannover

» Hostert

» Iserlohn

» Munster

» Rinteln

» Wuppertal


» TPMH RAF Akrotiri

» Dhekelia

» Nicosia


» Alexandria


» Shanghai

Hong Kong

» Bowen Road

» Mount Kellett

» Wylie Road Kings Park


» Kamunting

» Kinrara

» Kluang

» Singapore

» Terendak

Overseas Old British Military Hospitals

» Belize

» Falklands

» Gibraltar

» Klagenfurt

» BMH Malta

» Nairobi

» Nepal

Middle East

» Benghazi

» Tripoli

Example of Mentioned in Despatches Letter From The Secretary of State for War From World War One

Copy of the Mentioned in a Despatch official letter from the Secretary of State for War after the Great War. Includes a copy of the signature of Sir Winston Churchill:

Example of Mentioned in Despatches Letter From The Secretary of State for War From World War One

The photo above is a copy of the mentioned in despatched of QAIMNS (R) nursing sister Miss Ethel Smithies who was awarded the RRC. Read more about her, see her photograph and learn why she was awarded her honour on the Royal Red Cross page.

I have published a book which tells the story of The Grey Lady Ghost of the Cambridge Military Hospital which reveals her origins in the QAIMNS and where she meets a QA veteran of Afghanistan. She still walks her wards and tells her story by taking Scott Grey, a QARANC nurse, to the battlefields of World War One and beyond. This is the first in the series of Grey and Scarlet Novels by CG Buswell. Read the first chapter for free.

If you like this page and would like to easily share it with your friends and family please use the social networking buttons below:


The example of the mentioned in Despatches Letter From The Secretary of State for War From World War One reads:

The War of 1914 - 1918
Sister Miss E, Smithies
was mentioned in a Despatch from
Lieutenant General Sir W.R. Marshall K.C.B
dated 7th February 1919
for gallant and distinguished services in the Field.
I have it in command from the King to record His Majesty's
high appreciation of the services rendered.
Secretary of State for War
War Office
1st March 1919

The signature is that of Sir Winston Churchill who was the Secretary of State for War from 10 January 1919 to 13 February 1921.

Unknown Warriors: The Letters of Kate Luard, RRC and Bar, Nursing Sister in France 1914-1918 describes it as an official report written by a senior officer and sent to High Command where gallant or meritorious service has been performed. Recipients would wear a bronze oak leaf attached to their medal ribbon and it was announced in the London Gazette. Sister Luard was Mentioned in Despatches twice.

Mentioned in Despatches WW2

An example of Mentioned in Despatches WW2 can be found in Millions Like Us: Women's Lives in War and Peace 1939-1949) which was honoured to Sister Lorna Bradey of the QAIMNS for distinguished service. It reads:

By the King’s Order the name of Sister Miss L E Bradey, Queen Alexandra’s Imperial Military Nursing Service, was published in the London Gazette on 19 July, 1945, as mentioned in a Despatch for distinguished service. I am charges to record His Majesty’s high appreciation. Secretary of State for War P J Gripp.

Forces War Records

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.

If you would like to contribute to this page, suggest changes or inclusions to this website or would like to send me a photograph then please e-mail me.

Official QARANC webpage.

QA Association website.

In The Company of Nurses Book.


The Grey Lady Ghost of the Cambridge Military Hospital Novel - a Book by CG Buswell

Read our posts on:





Army Discounts

Free Waterloo Campaign Medal

Present Day

» Become An Army Nurse

» Junior Ranks

» Officer Ranks

» Abbreviations

» Nicknames

» Service Numbers

Ministry of Defence Hospital Units

» MDHU Derriford

» MDHU Frimley Park

» MDHU Northallerton

» MDHU Peterborough

» MDHU Portsmouth

» RCDM Birmingham

Field Hospitals

» Camp Bastion Field Hospital and Medical Treatment Facility MTF Helmand Territory Southern Afghanistan

Territorial Army

» TA Field Hospitals and Field Ambulances


» Florence Nightingale Plaque

» Photographs


» Why QA's Wear Grey

» Beret

» Lapel Pin Badge

» Army School of Psychiatric Nursing Silver Badge

» Cap Badge

» Corps Belt

» ID Bracelet

» Silver War Badge WWI

» Officer's Cloak

» QAIMNSR Tippet

» Officer Medal


» Armed Forces Day

» Recreated WWI Ward

» Reunions

» Corps Day

» Freedom of Rushmoor

» Re-enactment Groups

» Military Events

» Remembrance

» AMS Carol Service

» QARANC Association Pilgrimage to Singapore and Malaysia 2009

» Doctors and Nurses at War

» War and Medicine Exhibition

» QA Uniform Exhibition Nothe Fort Weymouth

Famous QA's

» Dame Margot Turner

» Dame Maud McCarthy

» Military Medal Awards To QAs

» Moment of Truth TV Documentary

» Sean Beech

Nursing Events

International Nurses Day


» Search

» Site Map

» Contact

» Websites

We are seeking help with some answers to questions sent by readers. These can be found on the Army Nursing page.

» Find QA's

» Jokes

» Merchandise

» Mugs

» Stamp

» Teddy Bears

» Pin Badges

» Wall Plaques

» Fridge Magnet

» The Abandoned Soldier

© Site contents copyright 2006 - 2015 All rights reserved.
Privacy/Disclaimer Policy