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111: March 2018 Special Edition


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CANCELLED - Nurse Jane Bemrose, M.M. - Chris Hewis


Due to the Coronavirus, all meetings have been cancelled until further notice. Please check the website for further information about the 2020 calendar of events.  Meeting at Sobraon Barracks on Burton Road in Lincoln the doors are open from 18.30. Free and ample car parking is available on-site. Tea, coffee and biscuits are available along with …

Officers Pension Record Cards


Two more sets of Pension Record Cards ('PRCs') have been digitised and made available by the WFA's partner Ancestry. These records comprise a relatively small percentage of the entirety of the archive that the WFA saved. The newly released records relate to officers pension awards (both officers who survived and claims made by widows of officers wh…

The First Canadian Nurses killed by Enemy Action during the First World War


A number of Canadian nurses died on active service, largely as a result of disease. The first Canadian nursing casualties as a result of direct enemy action took place in May 1918, claiming the lives of three nurses over the following days. All were serving at 1st Canadian Hospital near Etaples, France, an area where there were many hospitals and c…

The Mobilisation of Britain’s Military Nurses 1914


The day after Britain entered the First World War, a ward sister at Charing Cross Hospital, Maud Hopton, signed a War Office contract agreeing to serve with the military nursing service 'at home or abroad' for a period of one year. Three days after this Maude found herself at Aldershot with 43 other nurses preparing to embark for France as part of …

124 : October 2021


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Out Now ! Stand To ! No. 124 An introduction and Contents


This is the fourth edition of Stand To! this year - one more than usual, and something we will do every year from now on, with four editions of Stand To! each year and three editions of Bulletin.  Stand To! Editor Matt Leonard writes that ‘the extra edition allows for more of your research to be published and gives further room for topics that go …

Queen Alexandra's Imperial Military Nursing Service Reserve by Sue Light


A permanent reserve for Queen Alexandra's Imperial Military Nursing Service Reserve (QAIMNS) was formed in 1908, but during peacetime recruitment proved difficult, never successfully competing with the popular Territorial Force Nursing Service. It was intended that the Reserve be held at a constant 500 members; in peacetime they would fill gaps …

'Nurses, Spies and the Home Front' in the First World War with Philip Stevens


Philip Stevens will be speaking about nurses, spies and the Home Front during the First World War.  He is a full time author and expert on The Western Front. Before this he served as a regular officer in the King’s Shropshire Light Infantry. He regularly takes parties on battlefield tours. We ask for a £5 donation to cover our expenses.  All We…