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QARANC Officer's Cloak


Information about the QARANC Officer's Cloak including the famous QA cloak with badges and shoulder badges sewn on the lining during the Korean War

One famous QARANC officer's cloak was that of Captain Elizabeth Jilly McNair, a veteran of the Korean War and a nurse tutor. She would sew United Nations, Commonwealth badges and shoulder flashes that she collection during her QA service onto the inside scarlet lining of her QARANC officer's cloak. Captain McNair started her collection whilst a ward sister at the Cambridge Military Hospital (CMH) on the orthopaedic unit and continued to collect badges and sew them where Matron could not see them! Had she been found out she may have been invited to Matron's office for a chat without tea and biscuits! She got the idea after seeing a World War Two QAIMNS sister doing the same during her service.


cloak nursing officers qaranc sewn badges inner lining
An example on display at the AMS Museum.



The Drummer Boy 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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Fortunately Captain McNair was able to continue her valuable collection and her QARANC officer's cloak was put on display during a Korean War exhibition at the National Army Museum in 1988. The glass cabinet next to her QA cloak held the uniform of Victoria Cross holder Private Speakman VC (King's Own Scottish Borderers) that was worn on Hill 355. There is a photo of Captain McNair's QARANC officer's cloak in her book A British Army Nurse In the Korean War.


Read more about the Korean War and the involvement of the Queen Alexandra's Royal Army Nursing Corps on the Korean War and the QARANC page.



If you would like to contribute any info, photographs or share your memories of QARANC Officer's Cloaks then please contact me.




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