BRITISH MILITARY NURSES

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ARMY NURSING SERVICE

QUEEN ALEXANDRA'S IMPERIAL MILITARY NURSING SERVICE

TERRITORIAL FORCE NURSING SERVICE

QUEEN ALEXANDRA'S MILITARY NURSING SERVICE (INDIA)

QUEEN ALEXANDRA'S ROYAL NAVAL NURSING SERVICE

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     The British Army has always demanded the highest standards from its nurses.  Shaking off any past reputation of nurses as being drunken, immoral and untrustworthy, it insisted that members of the Army Nursing Service and its successors were highly trained and educated women of impeccable social standing.  As the Services expanded rapidly during the Great War, standards remained high, maintaining an elitism within the nursing profession.

     The page on British Military Nurses gives a brief overview of each of the nursing services,  and gives some idea of the chances of records surviving for women who served between 1875 and 1925. For women who entered the service after the end of the Great War, surviving records are still held by the Ministry of Defence, and are not likely to be released into the public domain until at least 2015. Details of how to apply for records of women who served during the Second World War will be found on the research page.

     Family history has increased in popularity, but these intelligent, professional and sometimes intimidating women have remained in the background.  Many did not marry and therefore have no direct descendants, and of the thousands who served during the Great War, most were children or very young women at the time of the 1901 census, and their later lives are still undiscovered.  Now that the 1911 census is widely available, maybe more of them will be recognized.

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THIS INTREPID BAND



    My blog includes all sorts of information, book extracts and informal comment about military nurses, particularly in relation to the Great War.  I hope it will provide a platform to describe far more about their lives, training and work during the first quarter of the twentieth century in a relaxed and entertaining way.  Just click on the link below to start reading ...

THIS INTREPID BAND - A BLOG


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MILITARY NURSES ON FIND MY PAST

A series of searchable databases containing information on women who served as military nurses but may not be found elsewhere
MILITARY NURSES ON FIND MY PAST

Now includes the Royal Red Cross Register - you can search for all entries between 1883 and 1994

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