A very well researched article Brett. One could almost say a defining work on the NVAC - a very little understood body of men who helped the war effort enormously in a non-combatant role but still under fire at times.
I think we need to call on you to present a paper on this at a conference in the future.
I agree with Rory on this and I would go further and get it both copyrighted and then published, just a simple booklet would suffice as far as I am concerned, but, it really would be worthwhile to do I think, I'd certainly buy a couple of copies from you.
I certainly enjoyed the first read over breakfast today and have since read through it again, the forth paragraph of part four is very interesting in particular.
Kind regards Frank
I first became aware of the NVAC about 15 years ago when I acquired Bearer Tennison's medal. My interest in medals with a medical connection faded when I was unable to add a QSA to a Natal nurse to my collection - a gap that still exists. Late last year, I acquired Doble's QSA by exchange, and then I bought a Maritzburg Ambulance Corps QSA, more or less by accident, hence my renewed interest in units of this kind.
By an amazing coincidence considering the little attention paid to the NVAC by collectors and researchers, I discovered that a local dealer had been collecting contemporary newspaper reports linked to the NVAC. He offered them to me, but my pockets were not deep enough. Sometime soon, I expect that collection of reports will be offered for sale on the open market, and then someone else will be able to fill the many gaps in the story I told above.
Thank you for your kind words. I need to remind you that I am a hermit and public appearances never happen.
PS An emoticon appeared at the end of one of my posts made above, presumably because the computer gremlins were toying with me again. I tried to delete it, but succeeded only in deleting the entire post, which then had to be resubmitted. The emoticon remains there as evidence of my inability to adapt to life in the 21st Century.