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The war graves and memorials to nurses of the Great War and Second World War and other armed conflicts including Sisters of the QAIMNS

War Graves Memorials
This War Graves Memorials to Nurses page is dedicated to those brave nurses, nursing sisters and assistants who gave their lives in the line of duty whilst caring for sick, wounded and injured soldiers.

War Graves Photo Below are pictures of their graves and QARANC.co.uk would like to further honour their sacrifice by requesting any additional information about any nurse on this page and those who should be added. For example any info about their nursing skills, examples of dedication, photograph, etc would be gratefully received for inclusion onto this page. Please contact us if you can help. Thank you.


Nurses Memorial


Wimereux Cemetery Wimereux War Grave Cemetery in France was located near military hospitals during the Great War. There are several members of the Queen Alexandra's Imperial Military Nursing Services and Royal Army Medical Corps buried there. The Commonwealth War Graves are located in a separate area of the civilian graves.

WimereuxCemetery Unlike other war grave memorials the headstones lies flat against the ground because of the soil in the graveyard is sandy and does not support the weight of the uprights headstone. There are 2845 war graves from the First World War and 14 war graves from the Second World War. Wimereux War Grave Cemetery is now called the Wimereux Communal Cemetery.




As you can see from the postcard photos below of Wimereux cemetery, taken soon after burials, there were originally crosses above each grave until the earth mounds settled. The left hand side of the photograph shows the first grave with a dark cross as reading Sister but sadly the surname is not readable.
WWI Cemetery


Commonwealth War Graves


Sister Wilson

Sister Wilson GraveOne war grave of a nurse buried at Wimereux Cemetery is Sister Myrtle Wilson of the Queen Alexandra's Imperial Military Nursing Service (QAIMNS). Sister Wilson died on the 23 December 1915 aged 38 years. She was the daughter of Andrew Wilson and Catherine Wilson of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. Sister Wilson left Queensland to join the service in April 1915. Her headstone reads Sister M.E. Wilson Q.A Imp. Nursing Sce. 23 Dec 1915 Queensland Australia Behold I Come Quickly



Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae Grave

Lieutenant Colonel McCrae Grave

The grave of Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae can be found at Wimereux Cemetery.

Lt Col McCrae wrote the war poem In Flanders Fields. In the cemetery is also a memorial stone seat with lines from In Flanders Fields poem which reads:






We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved, and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.


Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae served in the Canadian Army Medical Corps as a physician. His health deteriorated during the war, especially after a gas attack in Flanders. He suffered from asthma and after a bad bout of flu he developed a lung infection and then a brain haemorrhage from which he died on the 28 January 1918 aged 45 years.


There are some of the artefacts of Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae on display at Eilean Donan Castle in the Highlands of Scotland. In the grounds is a replica memorial of that erected in his memory at Wimereux Cemetery at Flanders. There is more written about this with photographs at our other website Aboutaberdeen.com on the Eilean Donan Castle Ghosts page.

Lt Col McCrae Memorial


In Flanders Fields Music

Canadian composer, singer and songwriter Anthony Hutchcroft has written a moving tribute to Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae called In Flanders Fields Music. His song is a musical interpretation of Lt Col John McCrae’s poem from the Great War. For more information or to hear and see a performance of In Flanders Fields Music please visit www.flandersfieldsmusic.com




Forces War Records

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Photographs Of War Graves


The Nursing Sister Grave below is of Sister Lucy Duncan. Her headstone reads Q.A. Imp. Nursing Sce. 1 March 1917

Nursing Sister Grave


QAIMNS War Grave

The QAIMNS War Grave below is of Sister Jessie Olive Hockey. Her headstone reads Q.A. Imp Mil. Nursing. Sce. 14 August 1917. Youngest Daughter of J.T. Hockey Cape Colony South Africa.

QAIMNS War Grave


Territorial Army Nurse Grave

The Territorial Army Nurse Grave below is of Nurse Alice Hilda Lancaster of the Territorial Nursing Service (TNS) who died on the 3 June 1918. Her headstone reads Many Waters Cannot Quench Love.


Territorial Army Nurse Grave


Canadian Nursing Services Grave

The photograph of a Canadian Nursing Services Grave below is of the gravestone of Sister A.E Whitely of the Canadian Nursing Service who died on the 21 April 1918.

Canadian Nursing Services Grave


Headstone War Grave

The Headstone War Grave is of Sister C.M. Wilson. It reads Q.A.Imp. Mil. Nursing Sce. 1 March 1916 Eldest Daughter of the Late Thomas Wilson Glasgow

Headstone War Grave


Nelly Spindler

Belgium War Grave Staff Nurse Nelly Spindler was a member of the QAIMNS during the Great War. Nelly Spindler nursed with the British Expeditionary Forces (BEF) in the 44th Casualty Clearing Station (CCS) Brandhoek. This area was shelled on the 21 August 1917 and despite this the QAs and doctors of the RAMC continued to care for their patients. Sadly one shell landed on the tented hospital and wounded Nelly Spindler. Her colleagues tried in vain to treat her abdominal wound but she died within minutes.

The 44th CCS moved that day to Lijssenthoek where Nelly Spindler was buried the next day. The British Commonwealth Grave Lijssenthoek in Belgium contains 10750 burials which includes 9901 Commonwealth graves. More can be read about Nelly Spindler at www.wakefieldfhs.org.uk/Nelly Spindler.htm



Nurses War Graves

War Graves

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World War One War Graves

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War Grave Nurse

France War Grave Cemetery



www.qaranc.co.uk would like to thank Mr Ron Teague for the photographs of the war graves and memorials of the nurses used on this page.





Brookwood Memorial

Sadly many QA's were lost at sea during the two World Wars and though they have no war grave maintained by the CWGC they are remembered in a variety of ways. For example the name of Sister Winnie Harrison is on the Brookwood Memorial. She died on the Hospital Carrier, St David during World War Two. There is more written about the sinking of the Hospital Carrier St David on the Hospital Ships page.

Below is a photo of the Brookwood Memorial (with thanks to Terry Hissey)

Memorial


Aldershot Garrison Church

The following photos are of the Aldershot Garrison Church memorial plaques to the QAs of the Great War and Second World War. The building is more formally named the Royal Garrison Church of All Saints Aldershot or the Royal Garrison Church. For more information visit www.royalgarrisonchurch.co.uk

Aldershot Garrison Church


QA Nurses Memorials Aldershot Garrison Church


QAIMNS Memorial


QAIMNSMemorial


QA Association Standard


Sister Anne Fitzgerald


Stained Glass Window


Army Nursing Services Memorial


QAIMNSR Memorial Plaque


Matron Memorial Plaque


Great War Memorial


QAIMNS Matron Memorial


Sister Georgina Mary


With thanks to Paul White, WO2 Williams at Deepcut and the Padre of Aldershot Garrison Church for the photography and information about the plaques.

There is more written about the history of the plaques on the Queen Alexandra's Military Hospital Millbank page.


The altar cloth in the Aldershot QARANC Chapel was donated by Director Army Nursing Services (DANS) upon her retirement in 1995. The front has the badge os the QARANC whilst the sides of the cloth have those of the QAIMNS, QAIMNS(R), TFNS and TANS.

The altar cloth in the Aldershot QARANC Chapel was donated by Director Army Nursing Services (DANS) Brigadier Hilary Dixon-Nuttall upon her retirement in 1995. The front has the badge os the QARANC whilst the sides of the cloth have those of the QAIMNS, QAIMNS(R), TFNS and TANS.

There is also a plaque dedicated to Dame Margot Turner which was funded by the QA Association and dedicated in 2006.


Ramleh War Cemetery Israel

There are three QA graves at Ramleh War Cemetery in Israel:



Sister Frances Alexander Millar

Ramleh War Cemetery Israel


P/208771 Sister Frances Alexander Millar Queen Alexandra’s Imperial Military Nursing Service Died 24 May 1943.



Sister Norah Kathleen Pigott

Israel War Grave


209642 Sister Norah Kathleen Pigott Queen Alexandra’s Imperial Military Nursing Service Died 9 September 1947.



Sister Winifred Vera Wooderson

Ramleh Cemetery


309557 Sister Winifred Vera Wooderson Queen Alexandra’s Imperial Military Nursing Service Died 27 May 1947

The photographs of the graves of Sisters Millar, Pigott and Wooderson were taken by Andrew Laidlaw in Israel and are displayed here with kind permission. Read more about the Ramleh War Cemetery in Israel at www.forthefallen.co.uk



Five Sisters Window

Below are photos and the names of the QAIMNS Sisters who lost their lives in the two world wars. The glass screens can be found in the North Transept of York Minster, England and are known as the Five Sisters Window.



Five Sisters Window




York Minster QAIMNS Plaque


ANDREWS Ellen
ARMSTRONG Ellen
ASTELL Ethel F
BATES Frances M
BEAUFOY Kate
BENNETT Helena S
BERESFORD Rebecca R
BERRIE Charlotte
BLACKLOCK Alice M
BLAKE Edith
BLENCOWE Mabel E
BOLGER Kathleen
BOND Ella Maude
BRACE Frances E
BRETT Norah V
BRINTON Gertrude
BROWN Euphemia L
BUCKLER Elinor
BUTLER Sarah E
CALLIER Ethel F M
CAMMACK Edith M
CHALLINOR E Annie
CHANDLER Dorothy M
CLIMIE Agnes M
CLOUGH Mary
COLE Dorothy H
COLE Emily Helena
COMPTON F D’Oyley
CONSTERDINE V C
COOKE Ella Kate
COX Annie
CROYSDALE Marjorie
CRUICKSHANK I
DALTON Joan G
DANAHER Mary
DAWES Emily
DAWSON Eveline M
DEWAR Margaret S
DOHERTY Mary A
DONOVAN Bridget
DUCKERS M E
DUNCAN I L M
EDGAR Elizabeth
ELIFFE Margaret
ELLIOTT E
EVANS Jane
FARLEY Martha
FERNLEY Ethel
FERGUSON Rachel
FLINTOFF Alice
FORBES B G F
FOYSTER Ellen L
GARLICK Hilda
GARNER A E C
GASKELL Lily
GLADSTONE E M
GLEDHILL Annie
GOLDSMITH A A V
GRANT May
GORBUTT Martha
GRAY Emily
GREENWOOD HOPPER J E
GREATOREX Janet
GRIFFIN Lillian
GRIFFITHS Janet L
GROVER Alice Jane
GURNEY Elizabeth
HALL Frances Mary
HAMILTON Margaret
HANNAFORD Ida D
HARKNESS Bessie
HASTINGS Helen M
HAWLEY Florence
HAWLEY Nellie
HENRY Charlotte E
HILLING Sophie
HILLS Maud Ellen
HOBBES Narrelle
HODGSON Eveline M
HOOK Florence M L
HOWARD Florence G
HUGHES Gladys C
IRWIN Winifred H
JACK Christina
JAMIESON Jessie S
JOHNSTON M Hessie
JONES Gertrude E
JONES Hilda Lilian
KEMP Christina M F
KEMP Elise Margaret
KENDALL Rose E
KYNOCK Alison G
LANCASTER Alice H
LEA Hilda
MANN Agnes Grieg
MANNELL Dorothy W
MACBETH M Ann
MACGILL Mary
MACKENZIE I
MACKINNON M
MCALLISTER C
MCCOMBIE C
MCDONALD E
MCGIBBON Rose
MCROBBIE J E
MARK Hannah D
MARLEY Grace M
MARMION M
MARNOCH M B
MARSHALL M B
MASON Fanny M
MELDRUM Isabel
MILLER CATHERINE
MILLER Frances
MILNE Helen
MILNE Mabel
MORETON Ada
MURRAY Mabel
NICOL Christina
O’BRIEN Moyra
ROBERTS Eleanor
O’GORMAN Eileen M
PARKER Elsie K D
PATTERSON Jessie J
PEARSE Phyllis Ada
PEPPER Edith D
PHILIPS Jessie J
PILLING Doris
RADCLIFFE Ethel B
REID Annie C
RITCHIE Jessie
ROBERTS Anne L
ROBERTS Jane
ROBERTS Margaret D
ROBINETTE Caroline
ROBINSON Elizabeth
RODWELL Mary
ROWLANDS Helena M
RUSSELL Alice M
SAXON Ethel
SEYMOUR C Mary
SIMPSON Edith
SIMPSON Elizabeth
SMITH Frances F
SMITH Jeanie B
SMITHIES Ettie L
SPINDLER Nellie
STACEY Dorothy L
STANLEY Ada
STEPHENSON G Annie
STEVENS Lottie M
STEWART E Grace
STEWART Wilma B
STURT Kate Rosina
SWAIN Lucy Melton
TEGGIN Eugenie
THOMAS Lilian
THOMAS M E
THOMSON E R
THOMSON Kerr M
TINDALL Fanny
TOWNSEND M
TREVITHAN Rita
TULLOCH Edith
TURTON Alice M
VINTER Bertha
WAKEFIELD J
WALLACE E
WALSHE Mary A
WATSON D M
WATSON E H
WATSON Mary
WELFORD Alice
WHEATLEY Annie
WILLS Mary E
WILLISON Nellie
WILSON C M
WILSON Myrtle E
WOODLEY Ada
WRIGHT Hannah E


York Minster Army Nurses Plaque


With thanks to David at For The Fallen.


To Read about Sister Wort who is buried in Digboi War Cemetery please visit the QAIMNS for India page.



Woolwich Cemetery

Woolwich Cemetery Nurse Grave

The grave of Sister Maud M (Gladys) Richards-Lockwood who died on 30 August 1955 aged 60 years can be found at Woolwich Cemetery. Gladys Maud M. Lockwood was born in Woolwich, London in 1894. Her father, Charles, was a dockyard labourer from Nottinghamshire and her mother, Mary, came from Devon. Her headstone has a beautiful artwork of a QAIMNS sister.

Nursing Uniform Headstone

If you can add more details about Sister Richards-Lockwood please contact Qaranc.co.uk


Matron Martha S. Farley

Below are two photos of the grave of Matron Martha S. Farley, RRC, QAIMNS at Mount Jerome Cemetery, Harold’s Cross, Dublin. Her grave is located in Section 411, plot 281. Matron Farley is listed in the Commonwealth War Graves Commission website as an official WW1 death but seems to have been buried privately and does not have a CWGC headstone.

Mount Jerome Cemetery



Grave Matron Martha S Farley QAIMNS



Sister Sarah Alice Fisher Ingram

Sister Sarah Alice Fisher Ingram is interred at Mount Jerome Cemetery, Harold's Cross, Dublin. She is not listed in the CWGC website. Sister Sarah Alice Fisher Ingram served in Royal Victoria Military Hospital Netley in WW1, and died on 26 December 1915. Her death is not recorded in the Irish Registers, so it is thought that she died in Netley or nearby.

Graveyard

Her headstone reads:

In Loving Memory of
THOMAS JONES FISHER
who fell asleep in Jesus
23rd June 1896
also his wife
SARAH KEPPEL FISHER
entered into rest 24th May 1904
in her 82nd year

erected by their children

also
SARAH ALICE INGRAM
eldest daughter of the above
Sister R.A.N.S. Netley Hospital
died St. Stephen’s day, 1915

also
JOHN EDWARD ALMENT FISHER
their only son
died 25th November 1935
and their daughter
FLORENCE KATE FISHER
died Christmas Eve, 1939


Headstone



Cairo Egypt War Memorial Cemetery

Cairo Egypt War Memorial Cemetery

Below are the gravestones of members of the QAIMNS and VAD who died during the Great War and are buried at the Cairo Egypt War Memorial Cemetery. Photos: Mike Booker.


Cairo Staff Nurse Grave

This headstone is inscribed:
STAFF NURSE M.H. JOHNSTON Q.A. IMP. MIL. NURSING SCE. 5th SEPTEMBER 1915


Grave British Red Cross Order St John

NURSING MEMBER L. LIDDELL VOLUNTARY AID DETACHMENT 29th SEPTEMBER 1918


VAD Grave

NURSING MEMBER S.J. ARMSTRONG V.A.D. MEMBER 12th DECEMBER 1918


Grave Voluntary Aid Detachment

NURSING MEMBER M.S.STEPHENSON VOLUNTARY AID DETACHMENT 9th NOVEMBER 1918


British Red Cross Grave


NURSING MEMBER M.J. MAUNSELL VOLUNTARY AID DETACHMENT 7th JANUARY 1919



Hadra Cemetery Alexandria Egypt

Hadra Cemetery



Below are the QA graves at Hadra Cemetery Alexandria Egypt. Photos: Mike Booker.

This first grave is inscribed:

Catherine Ball Nursing Member Voluntary Aid Detachment 31st December 1917 Though many miles from home in memory ever dear.

Voluntary Aid Detachment Grave



This grave is inscribed:

Una Marguerite Duncanson Nursing Member Voluntary Aid Detachment 31st December 1917 She hath done what she could.

Grave Hadra Cemetery Alexandria Egypt





Heliopolis War Cemetery Cairo

Heliopolis War Cemetery



These nursing graves are at Heliopolis War Cemetery Cairo. Photos: Mike Booker.

The grave below is inscribed:

The British Red Cross Society Inter Arma Caritas W/808537 Private Nancy Edith Bailey Voluntary Aid Detachment 14th March 1943 Age 30

Grave British Red Cross Society






Chatby Military Cemetery Alexandria

Chatby Military Cemetery Alexandria



Photos: Mike Booker.

Sister Sarah Elizabeth Dixon

The Northumberland church of South Charlton, just off the A1 north of Alnwick, has a memorial tablet to Sarah Elizabeth Dixon, Sister QAIMNS-R who was lost at sea on 24 January 1942 by enemy action. There is a photo at northernvicar.wordpress.com

See also:

Herne Bay Cemetery - Sister Eileen M Spellen.

Queen Mary's Army Auxiliary Corps Graves.

Sai Wan War Cemetery.

Stanley Military Cemetery.

Ste Marie Cemetery Le Have Normandy France.

Ventnor Cemetery Isle of Wight.










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