Nursing Memorial Appeal

The Nursing Memorial Appeal

During the First and Second World Wars at least 1,500 nurses gave their lives in the service. Their sacrifice has never been properly recognised.

While the troops they cared for valued them very highly, the nurses received very little political and public recognition for their wartime work. Many who survived returned traumatised and never spoke of their experiences.

So in 2011 the Nursing Memorial Appeal was established to put this right. Here's what we are doing – with your generous help – to ensure their names are never forgotten.

Why we need your help

We’ve raised 70% of the funds we need to create a permanent memorial that lists the name of every nurse who died. But we need your help to complete the task and maintain it for years to come.

It’s our intention to unveil a beautiful sculpture at the National Memorial Arboretum in June 2018.

Work in Progress

Your donations will also support resources for schools visiting the memorial at the Arboretum and the advancement and education of nurses.

We are working with an academic advisor and university partner to establish a scholarship in the study of conflict and humanitarian aid in extreme nursing.

How you can help

We offer our heartfelt thanks for donations all sizes. The memorial simply won't be possible without you.

If you prefer you can send a cheque payable to
The Nursing Memorial Appeal to

Sonja Curtis
c/o Naval and Military Club,
4 St James’s Square,
London SW1Y 4JU.

Keep in touch

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Get in touch

We would love to hear from you, so please get in touch. If you have family stories or photos you'd like to share, you can email us here.

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