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Territorial Army Field Hospitals

Territorial Army Field Hospitals The Territorial Army was formed on the 1 April 1908 (though known as the Territorial Force until 1921) and included members of the Queen Alexandra's Imperial Military Nursing Service Reserves, the QAIMNS(R). They were also named the Territorial Army Nursing Service (TANS).

When the QAs became a corps in 1949 members were transferred to the Queen Alexandra's Royal Army Nursing Corps (QARANC) and retained their TA status, ranks and conditions.

Before 1921 the TA was known as the Territorial Force (TF) and nursing members were known as the Territorial Force Nursing Service. The TFNS were formed in 1908 after the Territorial and Reserve Forces Act 1907 was passed.

One thing all services have had in common is that they brought a wealth of nursing experience and worked alongside regular army nursing and medical staff. TA nurses continue to work alongside regulars and bring an abundance of nursing and medical knowledge from civilian practice and military training. Many TA nurses are former regular QAs who still want to be involved with the army whilst others are civilian nurses who wish to contribute to the armed forces whilst continuing their regular jobs. All form an important part in modern day military nursing and are deployed throughout the world with the regular army in locations like Serbia, Bosnia, Iraq, the Gulf and Afghanistan. As well as individual postings to field hospitals some TA units deploy at times of conflict.

List of UK Territorial Army Field Hospitals and TA Field Ambulances:

The British Army Medical Services have active Territorial Army Hospitals that are mobilised throughout the World in places such as Iraq, The Gulf and Afghanistan.

Beside each TA field hospital or TA field ambulance is the recruiting area and Headquarters location:

201 Northern Field Hospital
Newcastle upon Tyne, Newton Aycliffe and Stockton-on-Tees. HQ - Newcastle, England.

Memories of a Nursing Officer serving at 201 Field Hospital Northern (V), based at their C Detachment in Norton, a suburb of Stockton on Tees can be read on the DKMH Catterick page

202 Field Hospital
Stoke on Trent, Birmingham, Oxford and Shrewsbury. HQ - Birmingham.

203 Field Hospital
Abergavenny, Cardiff and Swansea. HQ - Cardiff, Wales. The work of 203 Field Hospital whilst at Afghanistan was shown in the TV programme Doctors and Nurses at War.

203 Field Hospital Unit

204 (NI) Field Hospital (V)
Armagh, Ballymena, Belfast and Newtonards. HQ - Belfast, Northern Ireland.

205 Field Hospital
Aberdeen, Dundee, Edinburgh and Glasgow. HQ - Glasgow, Scotland.

207 Field Hospital
Blackburn, Bury and Stockport. HQ - Manchester.

208 Field Hospital
Liverpool, Ellesmere and Lancaster. HQ - Liverpool.

212 Field Hospital
Sheffield, Bradford, Nottingham and Leeds. HQ - Sheffield.

243 Field Hospital
Keynsham, Exeter, Plymouth and Portsmouth. HQ - Keynsham.

256 Field Hospital
Walworth, Hammersmith, Kingston, Bow. HQ - London

306 Specialist Field Hospital
HQ - York.

335 Medical Evacuation Regiment

335 Medical Evacuation Regiment (335 MER) are a specialist unit similar to 306 Specialist Field Hospital and their HQ is also in York. This new unit was formed in 2005 from the old Ambulance Train Squadron.

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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253 Field Ambulance
HQ - Belfast.

254 Field Ambulance
HQ - Cambridge.

152 Ambulance Regiment
Londonderry, Belfast and Bridgend. HQ - Belfast.

C (144) Parachute Medical Squadron
HQ - London.

B (220) Medical Squadron
HQ - Maidstone.

B (250) Medical Squadron
HQ - Hull.

B (225) Medical Squadron
HQ - Dundee.

C (251) Medical Squadron
HQ - Sunderland.

HQ Army Medical Service TA
HQ - York.

Forces War Records

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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.

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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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