Lanyard

#3
Actually bedpan, I've done a bit of research on this subject myself. It turns out that during the Boer War the Medical Orderlies used to sling a small pouch of pornography over their shoulders in order to help pass the time on those lonely nights. I hope this helps. :pissed:
 
#5
I thought it might have something to do with non-combatants.

But, this question was posed to me by an MA(SM) (medical assistant, submarines) and he say's the guys on his course who wear lanyards except the RAMC wear theirs on the left?

All people on the course are training to be/are medics and are therefore all non-combatants.
 
#6
Medics, and nurses wear the lanyard on the left

not too sure about vets though - id presume on the left too.

PFA/ 16 wear it on the right because they are attached to a teeth arm
 
#7
Medics, and nurses wear the lanyard on the left

not too sure about vets though - id presume on the left too.
Don't you mean on the right? That's where i've worn mine for the last 8 years.

I think so don't quote me, the RAMC have it on the Right due to a battle honour (the RA used to wear 2 but gave the right one to the medics they worked with), when male nurses joined the QARANC in 1992 they took the honour over to the QA's.

Hope that helps
Worm
 
#8
Lanyards are worn on the right by both QAs and RAMC. I had always been led to believe that this indicated their non-combatant status. Not sure about the history behind the RAMC lanyard, but QA scarlet and grey lanyard was introduced in 1942.

Prior to then, QAs had worn a 'walking-out uniform'. However, during wartime, it was felt that this was an extravagance due to clothes rationing, and all QAs were issued khaki, the lanyard being used to distinguish them from others.

Post-war, the QAs wore the same uniform as the WRAC, but again with the lanyard to distinguish them, and this continued when QAs moved into grey uniforms in 1952.

All this information is in Juliet Piggott's book 'Queen Alexandra's Royal Army Nursing Corps'. For non-QA types, is still worth a buy as it is soft, strong and very absorbent :D
 
#9
worm-on-a-stick said:
Medics, and nurses wear the lanyard on the left

not too sure about vets though - id presume on the left too.
Don't you mean on the right? That's where i've worn mine for the last 8 years.

I think so don't quote me, the RAMC have it on the Right due to a battle honour (the RA used to wear 2 but gave the right one to the medics they worked with), when male nurses joined the QARANC in 1992 they took the honour over to the QA's.

Hope that helps
Worm
Oh here we go again

1. RA has NEVER wore 2 lanyards
2. RA were lanyards on the right, so how did you get the right one then ?
3. Its nothing to do with battle honours, its about having something pretty on your arm to make your uniform look brighter
 
#10
I did say don't quote me. I simply said that I had been led to believe many years ago, the RA gave one up. If I'm wrong then I stand corrected. If it's due to being a non com then that would make sence as I know RADC also wear ther's on the right.
 
#11
I still doubt the whole on the right non-com thing

RLC for example wear it on the left



Whereas some infantry officers wear it on the right
 
#12
Ive e-mailed the AMS museum for an answer, no reply as yet, maybe the all knowing Pete S and his gang dont actually know either!
 
#15
Our Lanyard was first introduced in 1952, the colour being decided by the colour of the facings of our early uniform, as with our cherry backing, it has nothing to do with battle honours, the backing itself wasn't intorduced until 1956, just to serve as a distinction between other soldiers. As far as I am aware the only reason that it sits on the right shoulder is that it's where it was chosen by the officer introducing it.
 
#17
The good director of the AMS museum has replied to me:

PS said:
Dull cherry was the colour of the facings of the Medical Staff Corps and have nothing to do with 'blood' whatsoever.

Why it is worn on the right shoulder is lost in the mists of time but the RAMC is not a non-combatant corps. That too is a myth.
Need an answer then ask an OTT type who will then ask another old school OTT, we are sooooo Corps! :wink:
 
#19
was it one of those cans with a ring pull or one of those that you have to use a tin opener for?
 
#20
Filbert Fox said:
was it one of those cans with a ring pull or one of those that you have to use a tin opener for?
Which hand did you open it with, left or right? and why?
 
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