British Army Nurses

This is the official site for the history and heritage of the Queen Alexandra’s Royal Army Nursing Corps and its antecedents (Army Nursing Service; Princess Christian’s Army Nursing Service (Reserve); Queen Alexandra’s Imperial Military Nursing Service, Territorial Force Nursing Service, Territorial Army Nursing Service)

  • Hosting nurses from the USA WW2
  • Sorting the laundry WW2
  • General Hospital Rouen WW1
  • Cricket Team Boer War

This site is supported by the QARANC Association and managed by the QARANC Association Heritage & Chattels Committee

The Association joins together in practical friendship all who are serving or have served in the Corps, irrespective of rank, sharing in its record, its achievements, tradition and history. Our Motto is FRIENDSHIP and we try and maintain that through our branches, which organise functions, and events where members can meet up. In all that we do, our natural willingness to help past and present members stems from the tradition and camaraderie that only Army Service life can instil. Visit our main site for more information.


We have a lot of information about individual nurses, mostly from official sources but also from families. Many of the pages also contain photographs and extracts from letters, diaries and reports which help to tell us about the experiences of these individual nurses. We have use tags to help search for groups of nurses eg. all those who served in the Boer War, or all those awarded the Royal Red Cross. In addition you can use the built in search engine to search on keywords throughout the site.

Diaries & Letters

The writing of Army nurses in diaries and letters helps to illustrate the changing nature of Army nursing, and the contexts in which military nurses serve. On this site we will be publishing extracts from: the letters written home by Kate Luard from the Anglo-Boer War (1899-1902); the diary of Emily Jane Wood from the Boer War; the diary, illustrated autograph book and biography of Lilian Robinson who served in WW1; the diary of Helen Octavia Driver who also served in WW1; and reminiscences from nurses who served since then.

Research Tools

This section of the site provides tools for researchers. There are a variety of useful lists, the Boer War database and links to other resources.