Wednesday, 23 May 2012

FMP adds nursing award records


These are abstract transcriptions of records for 8,969 people recognized with the Royal Red Cross nursing award. There are no original images.

The award was first given in 1883 'for special exertions in providing for the nursing, or for attending to, sick and wounded soldiers and sailors'. Only 246 women had been considered worthy of the honour by the start of WWI. This rose to 6,741 by 1922, when new classes of medal were introduced.

Men became eligible for the first time in 1976, so it's possible to find both male and female ancestors in these records.

Information available is typically: Name, Unit, Initials, Status, Nursing Service,
Rank, Date Disembarked in France, Source.

The records span the period 1883 to 1994.

http://www.findmypast.co.uk/search/military/indexes/military-nurses

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