Friday, 13 November 2020

FindmyPast expands WW1 armed forces medical records collection

FindmyPast (www.findmypast.co.uk) has expanded its British Armed Forces, First World War Soldiers' Medical Records collection (https://search.findmypast.co.uk/search-world-Records/british-armed-forces-first-world-war-soldiers-medical-records), as sourced from the National Archives at Kew (collection MH106). 


Although it does not specifically state what is actually new to the database, the full list of medical facilities now featured is as follows:

2nd General Hospital
4th Stationary Hospital
14th Field Ambulance
18th General Hospital
19th General Hospital
28th General Hospital
31st Ambulance Train
51st Field Ambulance
66th Field Ambulance
139th Field Ambulance
149th Field Ambulance
Catterick Military Hospital
County of Middlesex War Hospital at Napsbury
Craiglockhart Hospital
HM Hospital Ship Assaye
No 3 Casualty Clearing Station
No 11 Casualty Clearing Station
No 31 Casualty Clearing Station
No 34 Casualty Clearing Station
No 34 Combined Clearing Hospital
No 39 Casualty Clearing Station
No 39 Casualty Clearing Hospital
No 82 Casualty Clearing Station
Queen Alexandra's Military Hospital at Millbank 

FindmyPast also has the following helpful information about the collection:

This collection comprises The National Archives’ series, MH106, War Office: First World War Representative Medical Records of Servicemen. Only a sample of the medical records was retained. These records are a representative selection of the full collection of medical records created during the war. Due to data protection, Findmypast has only published records where the admission year is dated back 100 years. For this reason, more records will be released in the coming years. The records include admissions and discharge records from hospitals, field ambulances, and casualty clearing stations. You will also find records from Queen Alexandra’s Military Hospital before the First World War, dating from 1910...

The medical records were collected by the Medical Research Committee and then given over to the British Museum during the First World War, 1914 to 1918. The records were used for statistical research. In 1931, Thomas John Mitchell and G M Smith published History of the Great War, based on official documents. Medical services: Casualties and medical statistics of the Great War from the data gathered from these medical records.

For other releases this week, including various Yorkshire records in England, visit www.findmypast.co.uk/blog/new/unique-wartime-records

Chris

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