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Queen Alexandra's Imperial Military Nursing Service

Queen Alexandra's Imperial Military Nursing Service was formed in 1902 replacing the Army Nursing Service.

List of those who served with Queen Alexandra's Imperial Military Nursing Service during The Great War

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  • The Wartime Memories Project is the original WW1 and WW2 commemoration website

    This website has been running for 16 years and receives in excess of a million hits per month. The website and our group will continue long after the 2014-18 events are over. We hope that people will continue to support us by submitting material and stories in addition to submitting to the new websites set up for the anniversary.

  • We are looking for volunteers to help with researching the activities of units of the Royal Artillery, Royal Engineers, Territorial Force, Regular Army, Pals Battalions, Kitchener's New Armies, Voluntary Organisations and the Ships of the Royal Navy. We currently have a huge backlog of stories and historical documents which need to be edited or transcribed for display online, if you have a good standard of written English, an interest in the two World Wars and a little time to spare online we would appreciate your help. For more information please see our page on Volunteering.

Wanted: Digital copies of Group photographs, Scrapbooks, Autograph books, photo albums, newspaper clippings, letters, postcards and ephemera relating to the Great War. If you have any unwanted photographs, documents or items from the First or Second World War, please do not destroy them. The Wartime Memories Project will give them a good home and ensure that they are used for educational purposes. Please get in touch for the postal address, do not sent them to our PO Box as packages are not accepted.

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    Please note we currently have a backlog of submitted material, our volunteers are working through this as quickly as possible and all names, stories and photos will be added to the site. If you have already submitted a story to the site and your UID reference number is higher than 230777 your submission is still in the queue, please do not resubmit without contacting us first.

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Did you know? We also have a section on World War Two. and a Timecapsule to preserve stories from other conflicts for future generations.

Staff Nurse Cecilia Gertrude Tyson HMHS Syria

My Great Aunt, Gertie Tyson enlisted in 1915 in the Queen Alexandria's Imperial Military Nursing Service having been a Sister at the Royal Infirmary in Hull. She served on the Hospital ships Syria and Varsover for 2 years before choosing not to re-enlist due to 'urgent family matters'. Her brother Fred had died in Belgium 8 months earlier, his body never having been found. His name is on the Menin Gate. I have a photo of Aunt Gertie on board one of the ships with some of her patients. After the war she continued her nursing career and became Matron of a hospital in Hull and after her retirement, a District nurse in Rawcliffe, near Goole.

Maggie Risby

Nellie Spindler

Based deep inside the danger zone, nurse Nellie Spindler saw her field hospital flooded with Allied troops injured from day one of the Battle of Passchendale. The Leeds Infirmary sister was part of the small band of Queen Alexander Imperial Military Nurses sent close to the Western Front. Casualty Clearing Stations (CCS) were situated a safe distance away. But Nellie, treating abdominal wounds, needed to be closer to the action to prevent infection. But after just 3 week she would also join the massive list of fallen heroes.

S. Flynn

Nurse Mary Rodwell (d.17th Nov 1915)

S. Flynn

Gladys Brabazon Stapleton Gwatkin DCM.

Gladys Gwatkin was a Sister serving in a General Hospital with the Queen Alexandra’s Imperial Military Nursing Service Reserve

S. Flynn

Staff Nurse. Edith Standen

Staff Nurse Edith Standen was my Paternal Grandmother and served at Lord Derby War Hospital between 1 July 1915 and 1 July 1916 in the Queen Alexandria Imperial Military Nursing Service Reserves (QAIMNSR). She was educated at Denmark College, Denmark Hill, Wimbledon and was trained at Wandsworth Infirmary, St Johns Hill, New Wandsworth between 11 November 1911 and 24 July 1914, passing her finals on 8 April 1914. She moved to Victoria Infirmary as a Staff Nurse until 1 June 1915 where she joined QAIMNS(R) and served a year at Lord Derby War Hospital.

David Brett

Matron Mary McLean Loughron MID RRC Queen Alexandra Imperial Military Nursing Service

Mary McLean Loughron was born in Winchelsea, Victoria. She trained as a nurse at the Royal Melbourne Hospital before deciding to join the war effort, embarking with an Australian medical group on the RMS Orontes in early 1915. On arrival in France, Loughron enlisted with the British Army, joining the Queen Alexandra's Imperial Military Nursing Service (QAIMNS), and was eventually stationed at 2nd Stationary Hospital Annexe in Abbeville.

During her service, Loughron was twice awarded the Royal Red Cross (RRC), one Second and one First Class, and was Mentioned in Despatches on 30 April 1916 for gallant and distinguished conduct in the field. She served in France until the end of the First World War, and immediately afterwards worked as Matron of the Peace Conference Hospital in Paris. A portrait of Matron Loughron dressed in the indoor uniform of the QAIMNS was hung in the gallery of Portraits of the Allies in the Luxembourg, to represent the British Army Nursing Service.

Loughron returned to Australia on the SS Orvieto in December of 1919. She went on to open a private hospital in Camberwell, Victoria, which she ran for 10 years, and subsequently spent 20 years as chief inspector for Victoria for the Child Welfare Department.

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Victoria Stewart Grant

Victoria Grant, and her two sisters, Margaret Dorothy and Josephine Elizabeth, were on a "tour" in Britain or Europe when war broke out, and so they were either pressed into service, or they volunteered. Apparently they did both nursing duties and mechanics duties. Would they have volunteered to be QAIMNS? Or would they be on the VAD lists? How can I access both these lists? (I have other QAIMNS women to look up too!) I'm writing a book about the women of my home county here in Ontario, Canada who went overseas and served during the war. Thanks for any direction you can point me! Much appreciated

Sher Leetooze

Nurse Ida Rosina Haywood

My Great Grandmother was Ida Rosina Haywood nee Wright born 20th of October 1891 at 38 Hampton Road, Grays, Essex. She was married on the 22nd of December 1915 at St Pancras London aged 24 to Alfred William Haywood. Ida who was a nurse at Whipps Cross, is believed to have served in the Queen Alexandra's Nursing Service during WW1 in Gibralta and Salonika.

Ida had three children and died aged 33, following child birth on 27th of September 1924. Her children were; Rose or Rosina Haywood, Edna Francces Haywood (my mother) and Alfred William Haywood.

David Broadley

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The names and stories on this website have been submitted by their relatives and friends. If your relations are not listed please add their names so that others can read about them

Did your relative live through the Great War? Do you have any photos, newspaper clippings, postcards or letters from that period? Have you researched the names on your local or war memorial?

If so please let us know.

Do you know the location of a Great War "Roll of Honour?"

We are very keen to track down these often forgotten documents and obtain photographs and transcriptions of the names recorded so that they will be available for all to remember.

Help us to build a database of information on those who served both at home and abroad so that future generations may learn of their sacrifice.

Celebrate your own Family History

Celebrate by honouring members of your family who served in the Great War both in the forces and at home. We love to hear about the soldiers, but also remember the many who served in support roles, nurses, doctors, land army, muntions workers etc.

Please use our Family History resources to find out more about your relatives. Then please send in a short article, with a photo if possible, so that they can be remembered on these pages.

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