The QARANC Association Heritage & Chattels Committee recently purchased a walking stick which had the name of a nurse carved into it. She was Sister Mary Lea, Territorial Army Nursing Service. It also had Geneifa Egypt and 1941 carved into it. At the time we didn’t realise that this nurse died when the Hospital Ship Newfoundland was bombed on 13 September 1943 off Salerno, Italy.

Story of a walking stick