A Captain of the Royal Tank Regiment in conversation with a Nurse of the Queen Alexandra Nursing Cops at Bolton Abbey Station.The Royal Tank regiment is one of the youngest in the British Army, being formed in 1916 with the invention of the Tank. They have fought in most conflicts since then in one way or another. He definitely looks in character with the walking stick, affected by several officers in the corps.The roots of the Queen Alexandra Nurses are way back in the Crimean War in 1854, serving the nursing needs of the Armed Forces, Civilians caught in conflict and prisoners of war as well.During the First World War there were about 100,000 nurses in all theatres of war working close to the front lines in many cases. In the Second World War they served again in all theatres of war, were evacuated at Dunkirk and went into Normandy on D-Day with the front line troops and supported them on their fight into Germany.The QAs were also present at the relief of Bergen-Belsen and Auschwitz Concentration Camps and provided medical support to the people there. In reality you can have nothing but the utmost respect for these nurses as they faced the dangers and horrors of war and tried to put right the wounds and damage they they came across.Whilst trying to find out more about them I came across their web site and it contains far more detail about them and their history than I can ever cover and, in my opinion, is well worth a visit. It can be found here.This is the last of my 1940s Weekend images for now but a slide show of further images may be found on my Flickr site here.
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