Every Remembrance Day, we pay our respects to the millions of people who died in the First World War. During those four years, the British Red Cross signed up thousands of volunteers to help the sick and wounded. And now our new archive is helping people learn about the volunteers in their own family – and discover some surprises.
Volunteer Carol Haselwood, 60, from Somerset, has been busy typing up our wartime records, from thousands of handwritten index cards. So far, she has gone through around 700 cards – and it was all triggered by her desire to get to the bottom of a family mystery.
“I’ve got a photo of my mother’s mother in what looks like a nurse’s uniform. It sparked some discussion with family members: one of them said my grandmother wasn’t a nurse, she was a cook.
“I thought, this is interesting – and when I went on the British Red Cross website, I realised my grandmother had been a VAD.” More