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Queen Marys Army Auxiliary Corps

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    Those known to have served with

    Queen Marys Army Auxiliary Corps

    during the Second World War 1939-1945.

    • Kearon Anna Marjorie. Sister (d.12th Sep 1943)
    • Keats Amy Evalyn. Lt.
    • Loughran Mary Alice. Nurse
    • Pirie Barbara. Sister (d.12th Feb 1944)

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    Lt. Amy Evalyn Keats Hospital Ship Karoa

    My mother joined the QA's [Queen Alexandra's Imperial Military Nursing Service, now known as the QARANC ] and arrived in India 21st March 1944. After a time serving in on-shore hospitals she joined the Hospital Ship "Karoa" and participated in the evacuation of wounded soldiers from the Burma Campaigns. The "Karoa" would sail between Madras, Chittagong and Calcutta collecting the wounded out of Chittagong. She remembers spotting 2 periscopes of submarines in the Bay of Bengal but they never fired on the "Karoa" so perhaps it was the Allies or the enemy respecting the Geneva convention. She made good friends of two other Sisters on board the "Karoa"and each had charge of a level of the Ship. There were four levels: Officers on top deck; British Other Ranks on the next level down; Indian soldiers on the next level; West Africans on the next level and East Africans on the lowest level. My mother was Sister-in-charge of the Officers' Ward; her friend Jane, Sister-in-charge of the Indian Ward and Joyce, Sister-in-charge of the West African ward. They each remember the visit of Lord Louis Mountbatten and would pass the message on to each other to be ready as he descended to inspect the Wards! These three Sisters kept up a friendship all their lives. My mother married a British Officer at the end of the War and went to Australia. Joyce returned to Suffolk, England and Jane married and went to live in Canada. The three corresponded over all the years. Eventually Joyce came out to Australia to visit her son who was married and based in Sydney. She was intending to visit her WW2 friend Amy in Melbourne but unfortunately my mother died only a few days before they ever re-connected. Joyce met my father and asked if she could have something of my mother's, an ashtray in the form of a brass shoe. The story went that she and my mother had bought one each in a bazaar in India and had pledged to meet on the steps of St Paul's cathedral after the War with their brass shoes! Chance had dictated otherwise and so the story closes here.

    Kathy Clarkson

    Nurse Mary Alice "Mae" Loughran

    My aunt, Mary Alice Loughran, left Northern Ireland between 1936 and 1939 and is suspected of going to help in the Spanish civil war. We know she was in St James Hospital and Whipps cross hospital in London in the early fortees. She lived or worked in Walthamstow. Mary Alice went England with her sister Margaret Loughran.

    I found a letter from aunt Mary Alice recently which she wrote during Hitler's advance in Europe and she said she was considering marriage to a Doctor in her hospital, but equally fancied a RAF man in a military hospital she was being seconded to. The family say a telegram came from the war office to say she was missing, presumed dead. This was after she wrote to say she was returning to Carricklane house, Armagh. But she never turned up.

    In the eightees I found what looked like an older photo behind an old press and took them to NI Forensic dept. I got a call to say they thought they had info but before I got there the dept was blown up by the IRA. Later an army officer rang to say he had info that she may have been in wrac and to make contact. But the details were lost in vandalism in house. The search is on again now and we have a search firm looking for records. All her siblings died this year except my mum who is 86 years and we would like to draw closure. The Red Cross 15 yrs ago said they had no record of my aunt and the Salvation army drew a blank. I have one photo of her in uniform with a broad white head dress and small cross and trailing v shaped head dress and white dress and red cross. blue/grey shirt. It would be so great to get details of her resting place or any other next of kin. It was always thought she died in the blitz or on a boat to Belfast. I hope there is someone somewhere who has a memory of her. Her disapperance was a heart break and has blighted my life also as I can find no closure to my aunt's whereabouts.

    tracey sheridan

    Sister Anna Marjorie Kearon (d.12th Sep 1943)

    Sister Anna Marjorie Kearon is buried in the Grave 70. W. on Border N.section of the Arklow Cemetery.

    s flynn

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    Joyce's War: The Second World War Journal of a Queen Alexandra Nurse

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