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Two metal badges of Queen Alexandra's Imperial Military Nursing Service Reserve, London, England, 1910-1920

Elizabeth Batten, a Senior Sister in Queen Alexandra’s Imperial Military Nursing Service (QAIMNS) Reserve wore these badges to show her membership in the Reserve. 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 services. Nursing was mostly a female profession until after the Second World War.

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Glossary: badge

Objects bearing special or distinctive marks, tokens, or devices signifying membership, allegiance, authority, or qualification; usually worn on the person.