First World War Volunteers
Find out more about the our volunteers during World War One while our VAD database is down for maintenance.
Over 90,000 people volunteered for the British Red Cross during the First World War. From nursing in temporary hospitals in the UK to driving ambulances in France and helping refugees in Egypt, volunteers played a vital role.
Records, details, photographs and stories of these volunteers, known as ‘voluntary aided detachments’ or VADS, are held in our VAD database. It is now down for essential maintenance until September 2022.
In the meantime, our online museum and archives holds a wealth of historical information, with over 29,000 objects and documents.
True stories of our First World War volunteers
Peggy Arnold was a WW1 nurse serving on the frontline. Here we celebrate her bravery, and the bravery of volunteers like her.
A doctor who overcame prejudice to help others during the First World War finally won recognition a hundred years later.
Many of our volunteer nurses found love with the patients they treated during the First World War 1. Here are their stories.
These letters from our archive show the challenges of nursing during difficult times, as well as some of the lighter moments.
Did you know that during WWI, the Red Cross used trained dogs to help stricken soldiers on the battlefield? True story.