Appeal for cards for Second World War nurse's 100th birthday

The family of a former nurse who served in the Second World War who is turning 100 next week are appealing for local people to send her cards for her big day.

Marjorie Allen
Marjorie Allen

Marjorie Allen, from Cannock, served during the Second World War as a Lieutenant in Queen Alexandra's Royal Army Nursing Corps, spending time in North Africa and Italy before coming back home to continue her service.

After leaving the army, Marjorie continued as a nurse for many years.

She has lives in Cannock for the last 30 years.

Marjorie, who has two children, three grandchildren and six great-great grandchildren, will be celebrating her birthday with family on July 1.

Marjorie Allen in the early 1940s

Her daughter, Shelagh Page, said: "She's done quite a lot in her years, we thought it would be nice for a bit of recognition for her.

"I think she's looking forward to her birthday, but she doesn't like to be centre of attention.

"She said I can put anything up on her house as long as it doesn't say how old she is."

The Queen Alexandra's Royal Army Nursing Corps is a medical unit providing nursing services to British Army soldiers wherever they are stationed in the world.

It was formed in 1902, but traces its origins back to Florence Nightingale's pioneering nursing work during the Crimean War.

It was not until 1881 that the Army Nursing Service was established. In 1902 it was reorganised and became Queen Alexandra’s Imperial Military Nursing Service (QAIMNS); renamed the Queen Alexandra’s Royal Army Nursing Corps (QARANC) in 1949. The majority of military nurses in the First and Second World Wars worked in these services.

The address to send the cards 2 The Glade, Shoal Hill, Cannock, WS11 1JH.

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