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The Motto Of The QARANC

Information about the Motto Of The QARANC and the origins of the motto and insignia

QARANC Colours The Motto Of The QARANC is the Latin phrase Sub cruce candida. Some sources state Sub-Crucia Candida.

This translates to English as Under The White Cross.

Sub Cruce Candida QARANC

The motto of the Queen Alexandra’s Royal Army Nursing Corps was transferred when the Queen Alexandra's Imperial Military Nursing Service (QAIMNS) became the QARANC.

Sub Cruce Candida was the motto of the Order of Dannebrog and was chosen by the first president of the QAIMNS, Queen Alexandra. She chose this motto and the cross of the Order of Dannebrog for the cap badge of the QAs from her native country of Denmark cited in the book Queen Alexandra's Royal Army Nursing Corps (Famous Regts. S) by Juliet Piggott).

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 motto was chosen by the first President of the QAIMNS (and later became the first Colonel-In-Chief of the QA's) Queen Alexandra. It comes from her chosen insignia of the British army nursing service which is a white cross taken from the Danish flag from where she came from the Royal House of Denmark.

The information about the QA Officer Medal and Cloak has been moved to its own QA Officer Medal 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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