Details of WW1 nurses uncovered
Records of more than 5,000 First World War nurses have been published online.
Available at Forces War Records ( forces-war- records.co.uk), the latest record set to join the site lists members of the Territorial Force Nursing Service (TFNS) who were awarded medals for their efforts during the conflict.
This not only includes women who received honours such as the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal, but also the Territorial War Medal – one of the rarest campaign medals of the conflict.
The documents, thought to have been lost, were discovered by Forces War Records Director Phil Cooper while looking through a box of newly acquired items at the Army Medical Services Museum in Aldershot.
Collections curator Ceri Gage said she “didn’t know whether to laugh or cry” when she realised what they were.
“Finding the medal rolls was a pleasant surprise for us,” she told Who Do You Think You Are? Magazine. “To have them in the public domain is fantastic for research within the museum and further afield. It publicly demonstrates the contributions of the ladies of the TFNS.”