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INTERNATIONAL NURSES DAY

Today, 12th May, is International Nurses Day 2016. Nursing services in the Great War included such organisations as the First Aid Nursing Yeomanry (FANY), Queen Alexandra’s Imperial Military Nursing Service (QAIMNS), Queen Alexandra’s Royal Naval Nursing Service (QARNNS), the Territorial Force Nursing Service (TFNS) and the Voluntary Aid Detachment (VAD), not to mention the excellent Red Cross. Often nurses with very little training were thrust into situations that would strike terror into the hearts of the most hardened casualty nurses today, at a time when medicine was much less advanced, with far less support and equipment available; yet they soldiered on and gave their utmost.

Military hospital 1916, convalescing wounded soldiers being cared for by VAD Nurses
His Majesty inspects VAD Nurses

Over 7000 women served in the TFNS during the First World War in about 25 UK based hospitals, hundreds of auxiliary units throughout the British Isles and eventually 18 overseas territorial hospitals.

These women were awarded a number of medals for their efforts including the 1914-1915 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal and one of the rarest First World War campaign medals the Territorial War Medal.

Forces War Records are pleased to provide the medal rolls for TFNS women awarded the above decorations. With the invaluable help of the Army Medical Services museum, who are the caretakers of the original records, Forces War Records have indexed and digitised these precious resources for easy access.

The records can include the following details; name, rank, theatre of service, dates of service, home address and sometimes the number and name of the hospital served in. Many of the records are not available to view anywhere else online as this is the first time these particular record sets have been digitised.

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