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QA Association

QA Association The QA Association serves the present and past members of the Queen Alexandra's Royal Army Nursing Corps to help members stay in touch with serving members and those who have left the service.

All ranks of the QA's can join the QA Association. QARANC officers and other ranks are invited to join the QA Association when they leave the army, though can join at any time.

History Of The QARANC Association

Dame Louisa Wilkinson (DBE, Royal Red Cross) formed the Queen Alexandra's Royal Army Nursing Corps Association in 1947. Though prior to Corps status it was called the QAIMNS Association (Queen Alexandra's Imperial Military Nursing Service). It became the QARANC Association on the 1 February 1949.

The objectives of the QA Association include:
  • Record achievements

  • Record the history and traditions

  • Share records

  • Keep traditions going

  • Offer practical help and support to members

  • Offer friendship

  • Keeping past and present members in touch with each other

  • Organise social gatherings

  • Represent members

  • Hold a yearly re-union and Annual General Meeting

  • Encourage acts of benevolence amongst members

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.

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The serving Colonel-in-Chief is the Patron of the QA Association. This is currently Her Royal Highness The Countess of Wessex.

The Director Army Nursing Services (DANS) and Matron-in-Chief (Army) automatically becomes the ex-officio President of the QA Association whilst in this appointment. The current serving Colonel Commandant QARANC, the most senior currently serving QA Warrant Officer and the General Secretary also automatically serve as ex-officio members.

The QA Association is managed by a Central Committee. It is run on a day to day basis by the General Secretary who is also the Regimental Secretary of the Corps. The Central Committee consists of a board of trustees of a:

Vice President

  • Chairman

  • Vice Chairman

  • QA Territorial Army representative

  • Two serving QA officers

  • Four elected members

    Qaranc Nurse The Motto of the QA Association is Friendship.

    Branches of the QA Association exist throughout the UK and the world (see below). Personnel can join their nearest branch or elect to just remain on the central Headquarter Roll.

    QA Association branches will host functions and events to bring members together,

    QA Gazette

    The QA Association publish the QA Gazette magazine twice a year. These magazines have articles of interest to existing and former members such as news, sporting events, medal awards, birth, death and marriage notifications and articles. Branches and individual members are encouraged to contribute letters and articles.

    The first QA Gazette was published in January 1950 (cited in the book Queen Alexandra's Royal Army Nursing Corps (Famous Regts. S) by Juliet Piggott).

    How To Join The QA Association

    Contact the QA Association at:

    QARANC Association
    Regimental Headquarters QARANC
    Army Medical Services HQ
    Former Army Staff College
    Slim Road
    GU15 4NP

    Telephone: (01276) 412754

    Costs And Prices Of Joining The QA Association

    QA There is a small yearly fee to join the QA Association and the cost depends on the area you live because of postage prices for sending the QA Gazette. There are listed below. We would advise contacting the secretary of the QA Association for up to date prices and direct debit forms. You will normally be required to send a cheque for your first year membership and to complete a direct debit form for the yearly membership thereafter. This annual payment will normally be taken directly from your bank or building society in January.

    Annual Subscription including Gazette for the UK, Northern Ireland or the Isle Of Man is 12
    Annual Subscription including Gazette for Europe and Eire is 16
    Annual Subscription including Gazette for all other destinations is 20

    Members can also buy a QA Association Brooch for 5.

    The links below take you directly to the official Army website for pdf printable forms for:

    QA Association Application Form

    QA Association Direct Debit Form

    QA Association Gift Aid Certificate

    QA Association Branches

    The branches of the QA Association are Aldershot, Catterick, Colchester, Chester, Jurassic Coast Branch (Devon area), Midland, Millbank (London), Newcastle, Portsmouth, West Country, Yorkshire and Humber, Scottish, Wales and Northern Ireland.

    The overseas branches of the QA Association are Cyprus and Germany.

    Pictured above is Private Karla Partridge from Woodbridge at her passing out parade in 1987 at the QATC. Pte Partridge went on to her student nurse training at QEMH Woolwich and CMH Aldershot.

    60th Anniversary Celebrations of the QA Association

    The photograph below was taken at the 60th anniversary celebrations of the QA Association which were held in the grounds of the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst in the presence of the Colonel in Chief and the Patron of the QA Association, HRH The Countess of Wessex in 2007. 250 past and present members of the Corps enjoyed one of the sunniest days of the summer. The photo was of a group of past and present theatre sisters.
    60th Anniversary Celebrations

    There is a photo of the HRH The Countess of Wessex cutting the 60th anniversary cake on the Colonel in Chief page.

    In 2009 members of the QARANC Association made a trip to the Far East. Read more with photos on the QARANC Association Pilgrimage to Singapore and Malaysia 2009 page.

    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

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