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QA Corp Day


Information about the QA Corp Day held each march for members of the Queen Alexandra's Royal Army Nursing Corps:


Each year, in March, members of the Queen Alexandra's Royal Army Nursing Corps celebrate QARANC Corp Day. Past members of the QA's join current QA's in an interdenominal church service in the hospital or unit chapel followed by a buffet lunch or a traditional curry lunch at the Officers mess, Sergeants Mess and Junior Ranks Mess Halls. Small units will hold an all ranks function.

The QA Prayer is usually said during Corps Day.




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Members of the QA Association are invited to local military units to celebrate QA Corp Day and the branches of the QA Association around the world will organise their own QA Corps Day services.

Serving members of the QA's will normally wear No 2 Dress Uniform with medals.


History of the QA Corp Day


The history of the QA Corp Day dates back to the 27 March 1948 to commemorate when King George, the husband of the first President of the QAs, signed a Royal Warrant. The President of the QA's is now known as the Colonel In Chief Of The QARANC.

Though the QAIMNS later became the QARANC (Queen Alexandra's Royal Army Nursing Corps) on the 1 February 1949 QA Corp Day is still celebrated on the day the Royal Warrant from the War Office was signed changing the Army Nursing Services to The Queen Alexandra's Imperial Military Nursing Service on the 27 March 1902.

The Golden Jubilee of the QAs was on the 27 March 1952 but celebrations were delayed until June as a march of respect to King George VI who had died on the 6 February 1952 (cited in the book Queen Alexandra's Royal Army Nursing Corps (Famous Regts. S) by Juliet Piggott).

Queen Alexandra's Day was also respectfully postponed in 1953 because of the death of Queen Mary, the Colonel in Chief of the QAs, on the 24 March. Queen Mary's funeral was on the 29 March and 19 QAs marched in her funeral procession. Queen Mary was also the Colonel in Chief of the Queen's Royal Regiment, Queen's Own Rifles of Canada and the President of the Queen Alexandra's Royal Naval Nursing Service and representatives of these regiments and services also took part in her funeral procession. QA Day 1953 was later celebrated on the 13 April (cited in the book Queen Alexandra's Royal Army Nursing Corps (Famous Regts. S) by Juliet Piggott).


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