Saturday, November 5, 2011

World War I British Nursing Service Records

The (English) National Archives at Kew have released over 15,000 First World War service records for nurses who served in the Queen Alexandra’s Imperial Military Nursing Service, the Queen Alexandra’s Imperial Military Nursing Service (Reserve) and the Territorial Force Nursing Service.

The majority of the records cover the World War I period only, with some records before 1914 and some after 1918, till 1938.

The records show where a nurse trained, references relating to their suitability as military nurses, which hospitals, field ambulances, casualty clearing stations or other medical units they served in, what their superiors thought of them and when they left the services.

I ordered the records for 10 people, then found I couldn't download from the online page. However, the record of my order email contained download buttons to download each link separately and that was easy. However, if you're searching for a common name be careful that the download doesn't overwrite a set of files downloaded earlier.

The records appear to be free at the moment, but how long will that last ?

More information on the nursing service records
and the records for Marjorie Turton or search the nursing service records.

Disability Pension Files contain records relating to nurses.

See also their guide to British Army nurses and nursing services.

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