How to look for records of... Royal Air Force nurses
How can I view the records covered in this guide?
This is a brief guide to researching records of nurses who served with the Royal Air Force. While some records can be found at The National Archives, most material is currently held by the Ministry of Defence and the Red Cross.
What do I need to know before I start?
What records can I see online?
What records can I find at The National Archives at Kew?
What records can I find in other archives and organisations?
What other resources will help me find information?
Did you know?
The Royal Air Force Nursing Service was established in 1918 and renamed Princess Mary’s Royal Air Force Nursing Service in 1923. It was a women-only service until 1980.
Voluntary Aid Detachments (VADs) were non-military organisations created in 1909 and based on the Japanese voluntary aid system. Members were trained by the St John Ambulance Brigade and served alongside all branches of the armed forces.