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Queen Alexandria's Nurses Cemetery
Commonwealth War Graves Commission
"A small plot containing 12 graves of nursing service casualties of the First World War is located in the main non-military cemetery. These are maintained by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission as war graves and comprise 8 casualties of Queen Alexandra’s Imperial Nursing Service, 3 of the Territorial Force Nursing Service and one of the Voluntary Aid Detachment." CWGC.
NB: WW2 QA Nurses are commemorated on the Brookwood Memorial.

Queen Alexandra’s Imperial Military Nursing Service (QAIMNS) was established in 1902 by Royal Warrant under the Presidency of Queen Alexandra. The QAIMNS replaced the Army Nursing Service and Indian Nursing Service.
Alexandra of Denmark (Alexandra Carolina Marie Charlotte Louise Julia) was Queen Consort to Edward VII of the United Kingdom and Empress of India from 1901 to 1910. During WW1 over 100,000 QA nurses were in active service in countries such as East Africa, Egypt, France, India, Italy, Mesopotamia, Palestine, Salonika and Russia.
Upon Queen Alexandra's death in 1925 Queen Mary became President. It was renamed Queen Alexandra's Royal Army Nursing Corps in 1949.
Among those within this plot are the graves of Sister Dorothy Helen Cole and Sister Maude Ellen Hills.

Queen Alexandrias Imperial Nursing Service

Queen Victoria created the Royal Red Cross decoration in 1883 to honour the skills, dedication and bravery of army nurses. It was the first military order soley for women (until 1976) and considered a Victoria Cross equivalent.. It has been awarded to QA's serving in conflicts from the Anglo-Zulu War 1879, Boer War and Sudan through both World Wars and modern theatres of war.

Homage Images: A restricted group of women in Britain were "given the vote" by the Representation of the People Act 1918
Great War Nurses
and Women In The War Zone  

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