Focus On... Women in Uniform
* The Almeric Paget Military Massage Corps - Sources  
Nurses in the Crimea
Nurses in the British Army

1. Introduction

2. Profile

3. Sources

Scottish Women's Hospitals
Women's Royal Naval Service
Women in WWII

Background information

The best source for general information about the Almeric Paget Military Massage Corps (A.P.M.M.C.) is the Women’s Work Collection at the Imperial War Museum (IWM). The collection is categorised into the various forms of employment undertaken by women and includes many photographs and letters of those women who died. If a relative was a member of the Almeric Paget Military Massage Corps or did work for the Lady Smith-Dorrien's Hospital Bag Fund, information can be found in this collection. The Women’s Work collection is available on microfilm in the Department of Printed Books. For more information please see website - opens in a new window

The information about the history of the A.P.M.M.C. was found by visiting the IWM reading room and searching the large, heavy index book for microfilm references.

Once you have a list of reference numbers, you can order the relevant microfilm reels and use a microfilm reading machine to view the contents. Microfilm readers look complicated from a distance, but have an instruction sheet attached to them and really are quite simple. If you are unsure about how to use the machines, ask a member of staff. One small piece of advice – pay attention to which way up you are loading the reel or you end up with a lap full of film!


The Imperial War Museum has a Photograph Archive which holds some images of Corps members. The pictures can be found in volume 160, under reference 20a,21a,22a and 23a. They are interesting but like a lot of the military photographs in the archive are not labelled with individuals’ names.

You can attend the photograph archive Visitors Room, hire a researcher to visit on your behalf, or to send a written enquiry. The Visitors Room is located a short distance from the Imperial War Museum in the All Saints Annexe, Austral Street, London SE11 4SL. The Visitors Room is open by appointment Monday - Friday 10:00am to 5:00pm. Access is free of charge and staff will be on hand to advise you in your search. To make an appointment please phone +44 (0) 20 7416 5333. For more information see website - opens in a new window.

Pensions Records

The National Archives holds numerous pension records. Pension awards documentation can be a surprisingly rich source of information for family historians. However, a large number of records have been destroyed and those between 1783 and 1920 require a lot more searching through physically heavy skeleton index books ordered year by year. The skeleton index for treasury papers can be found at catalogue reference: T 3National Archives' Catalogue. Post 1920 the records are individually searchable.

The information about Ethel Jones was found by searching The National Archives' Cataloguelinks to glossary.

If you are able to visit The National Archives, you can order and view the original records.

To obtain copies of documents held at the National Archives if you are not able to visit in person you can search The Catalogue and then order copies of documents.

The records for Ethel Smith were found at catalogue reference:T 1/12337National Archives' Catalogue. Although sometimes when you order documents you get delivered an individual file, in this case a box of 96 files was delivered and had to be sorted through. If you are unable to visit the National Archives in person, in this sort of circumstance it might be better to employ an independant researcherExternal website - opens in a new window.

Information about visiting the National Archives and ordering documents can be found here:

Other Sources

The Wellcome Library
The Chartered Society of PhysiotherapyExternal website - opens in a new window(C.S.P.) donated all its archives to the Wellcome Library for the History and Understanding of Medicine several years ago. The C.S.P. have a paper-based catalogue of all the works transferred.
Further information about the Wellcome Library holdings can be found at website - opens in a new window

Further information about the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy can be found at website - opens in a new window



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