Family devastated by naval nurse’s death in accident as she drove home to Hampshire for Christmas

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The family of a naval nurse who died after a car crash as she drove home to Hampshire for Christmas say they are devastated by their loss.

Sub Lieutenant Anna Bolam, aged 28, died after her silver Toyota MR2 was involved in an accident with a blue Renault Megane in Dorset on Sunday.

She was travelling from Plymouth to see her family, who live in the Portsmouth area, when the tragedy happened on the A35 near Dorchester.

In a statement, her family said: ‘After working for the Leonard Cheshire Foundation and in the NHS at Derriford Hospital in Plymouth, she joined the Queen Alexandra’s Royal Naval Nursing Service in February 2015.

‘Her first assignment after passing out from Britannia Royal Naval College, Dartmouth, was to the Defence Medical Group South West based back at Derriford Hospital.

‘Anna was a keen road and off-road cyclist and had been planning to take up biathlon with the aim of representing the Royal Navy.

‘Joining the Queen Alexandra’s Royal Naval Nursing Service meant that she was carrying on a long family tradition of military service.

‘Her father Andy is a serving Naval officer whilst her brother Sam is an officer in the Royal Marines.

‘Her mother Karen has also worked for the Army Welfare Service. Both of her grandfathers are retired servicemen and her paternal grandmother served in the Women’s Royal Naval Service.

‘Anna was also carrying on a family tradition of nursing, following in the health care footsteps of her mother Karen and both of her grandmothers.

‘At the time of her death, Anna was travelling from Plymouth to Hampshire for a family Christmas.

‘Anna is survived by her parents, brothers Daniel, Callum, Sam and Alex and sister Leia.

‘We, her family, are devastated at our loss and ask for privacy at this most difficult time.’

A 49-year-old man and a 44-year-old woman from Barnstaple suffered serious injuries and two 11-year-old children were slightly injured in the collision.