Findmypast adds First World War soldiers’ medical records

By Rosemary Collins, 20 November 2017 - 2:17pm

The sample records contain 212,000 names of injured soldiers


An example of the medical records

Medical records of injured servicemen in the First World War are now available on Findmypast.

The family history website has added the series 'MH106, War Office: First World War Representative Medical Records of Servicemen' from The National Archives (TNA).

The records, containing 212,000 names, are the only surviving First World War medical records and were kept as a representative sample of the total.

For data protection reasons, Findmypast has only published records where the admission date is at least 100 years ago, meaning more will be added in the coming years.

The records cover 12 hospitals, field ambulances and casualty clearing stations, as well as the hospital ship Assaye.

Some of the records, from Queen Alexandra’s Military Hospital, date back before the First World War to 1910.

They are searchable by the soldier’s name and accompanied by digitised images of the originals.

They contain information such as the injured soldier’s age, rank, battalion and serial number, and when and where they were admitted to hospital.

The records were previously transcribed on Forces War Records, but this is the first official TNA partnership to make them available.

Findmypast also added a range of other First World War and earlier military records.

These include over 8,000 pensions forms submitted to the government by First World War widows. Again, these records were kept as a sample while the majority were destroyed.

In addition, the website added over 14,000 records and images from Portsmouth History Centre’s military tribunal records.

These provide the details of local men who applied to be exempt from military conscription between 1916 and 1919, for reasons including illness, potential business damage, family hardship and conscientious objection.

Other military records added to Findmypast include the 1807-1948 records of the Royal Welch Fusiliers; over 47,000 Scots Guards records; and records of non-British prisoners of war from the British army between 1715 and 1945.

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