More about the First World War nursing records at the National Archives

The National Archives has published 15,000 First World War nursing service records, on its Documents Online site at

You can view this photo and many others at

The records date from 1902-1922 and include details such as date and place of birth, training prior to and during the war, references to their suitability as military nurses hospitals, field ambulances, casualty clearing stations and other medical units served in, and assessments by superiors.

The Army Nursing Service came into formal existence in 1884 and ten years later a reserve of nurses was formed under the name of Princess Christian’s Army Nursing Reserve. Experience of the medical services in the South African War 1899-1902, led to the   creation of the professional Queen Alexandra’s Imperial Military Nursing Service in March 1902.  Queen Alexandra’s Imperial Military Nursing Service then took over the reserve force and they were employed on a contract basis for the duration of the First World War.

The Territorial Reserve Forces Act 1907 led to the creation of a Territorial Force Nursing Service in 1908 to support its new force; in 1922 it was renamed the Territorial Army Nursing Service. The personnel were administered by a branch (TV 4, later TA 4) under the Director General of the Territorial Army, although the provision of training came under the Directorate of Army Medical Services. The branch was also responsible as Joint Secretary to the Queen Alexandra’s Army Nursing Board and Secretary to the Territorial Army Nursing Service Committee.

TNA’s news page at is saying they cost £3.50 each to download.

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