Nursing service records (1902–1922)
Search and download service records (WO 399) for nurses who served in the Queen Alexandra’s Imperial Military Nursing Service (QAINMS), the Queen Alexandra’s Imperial Military Nursing Service (Reserve) QAIMNS(R) and the Territorial Force Nursing Service (TFNS) from our website (£).
Campaign medal index cards (1914–1920)
Search and download from our website (£) the index cards to First World War campaign medal rolls (WO 372). These cards are more detailed than the rolls themselves (see below). Use the keywords ‘Nurse’, ‘Voluntary Aid Detachment’ or ‘Queen Alexandra’s’, as well as providing a surname to aid your search.
Campaign medal rolls (1793–1949)
Search the campaign medal and award rolls (WO 100) by name at Ancestry.co.uk (£) for listings of nurses. The entries do not usually contain biographical information and are less informative than the index cards (see above). You will need to know the campaign and the relevant nursing service to locate a record.
Registers of recipients of the Royal Red Cross (1883-1994)
Search and download entries from the registers of recipients of the Royal Red Cross (WO 145/1-3) at Findmypast.co.uk (£). The Royal Red Cross was established as an award in 1883 for women who showed special devotion while nursing the sick and wounded of the British Army and Royal Navy. It was not extended to men until 1977.
The registers provide very few biographical details but do usually include the nurse’s service number, the job title or position and sometimes the place of work or residence. The date the award was announced in the London Gazette is also usually included. These registers document around 9,000 individuals over a period of more than 110 years.
British Army casualty lists (1939–1945)
Search the daily British Army casualty lists (WO 417) on Findmypast.co.uk (£). These cover British Army officers and other ranks as well as nurses. They state the individuals’ rank, service number, date of becoming a casualty and type of casualty.
The term ‘casualty’ applies to people who were killed, wounded, went missing, or were taken as prisoners of war during conflict.