QARNNS Making History
In 1973, eight women, all QARNNS made history as the first females to undertake the Officer's New Entry Course at Dartmouth.
"It was an amazing experience and for a brief time we were celebrities, appearing on national television and radio as well as appearing in all the national and local newspapers...... All in all it was a heady experience...... We had a pretty easy time of things, unlike our counterparts today, for whom we have the greatest admiration as the compete on equal footing with the male counter parts."
Four of those women are returning to Dartmouth after 50 years, in September, when they met the first female commanding officer of BRNC Dartmouth.
We look forward to their report and photographs.
Class 32 Joined on 14 May 1973
Marking their 50th Anniversary
Arriving at RNH HASLAR to start training on the 14 May, those of us who could make the 50th Anniversary reunion met over the weekend of 12 - 15 May 2023 in Gosport/Portsmouth.
Meals were had at Gun Wharf Quays, the old HMS Vernon, with memories of catching the last PAS boat to HMS DOLPHIN after a night out.
From the original 24 Nurses and MTs seven of us made it in the end. Holidays and illnesses aside, three have dropped out of site and we remembered the five who have passed far too early.
A lovely weekend and now looking forward to their 55th reunion, where it is hoped there will be more of the class to remember the good times that were had