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First World War records

Four Red Cross nurses carry a man on a stretcher

Did your ancestors volunteer during World War One?

The British Red Cross is looking for people to help transcribe our World War One volunteer record cards.

We hold a unique collection of 244,000 Voluntary Aid Detachment (VAD) index cards, which provide an irreplaceable source of historical, non-military activity during the First World War. 

This free database allows people to learn about the contribution of VAD volunteers to the war effort - with links to teaching resources, photographs and audio recordings of volunteers recounting their experiences.


This is an ongoing project and is flexible around your free time. Once you have completed the training, you can login and transcribe whenever you have a spare hour or two!

You can volunteer for as many hours as you would like to – all we ask for is a minimum commitment of two hours.

Skills and training

All you need to get involved is access to the internet. No previous experience is required. Full training and guidelines are provided.

How to sign up

Sign up in VolunteerMatch, accessible via PeopleLink. To register your interest, you can also also email us


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