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Insignia of the Queen Alexandra's Imperial Military Nursing Service Reserve, London, England, 1916

This insignia was awarded to Elizabeth Batten, a Senior Sister in Queen Alexandra’s Imperial Military Nursing Service (QAIMNS) Reserve, for her duties during the First World War. The QAIMNS was created in 1902 and expanded in the run-up to the First World War in anticipation of the increased need for medical staff and supplies. All nurses in the QAIMNS wore this insignia on the right breast of their uniform and is also known as a cape badge.

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Small pieces of metal, usually gold, silver, or bronze, bearing a relief design on one or both sides and having a commemorative purpose; not used as a medium of exchange. Medals may also be created to commemorate individuals or events or even as works of artistic expression in their own right.