Is your First World War ancestor part of medical history

Remembrance Day is fast approaching, and BBC South Today and ITV West Country are looking for Forces War Records customers to talk about the relatives they’ve re-discovered through our new hospital records collection, MH106.

Did your Forces ancestor need a transfusion or an x-ray? Were they given a compression bandage to help staunch the blood flow from a serious wound, or an innovative Thomas splint to support a femoral fracture? Were they unlucky enough to sustain serious facial wounds or burns after popping their head out of the trenches, such that they required surgery? If so, your relative would have been one of the first to receive these treatments, all of which were pioneered in the Great War. Perhaps your relative was in the Royal Army Medical Corps, and helped to test out these new medical techniques? The BBC and ITV would love to tell their story and yours, to help and inspire others to find their own Great War relatives.

You will need to be comfortable in front of a camera, but don’t worry about having to travel to the studio, a reporter can come to you to have a chat about what you’ve found out.  If you’d like to share your relative’s story, and you live in Gloucestershire, Somerset, Wiltshire, Dorset, Devon, Cornwall, the Isles of Scilly, Hampshire, the Isle of Wight, West Sussex, Brighton or Hove, Surrey, west Berkshire or southern or eastern Oxfordshire, please get in touch on Use the topic heading ‘Remembrance Day TV’, leave an outline of your story, your email address and telephone number, and we may well be in touch soon!

As an added bonus, if your story is chosen, we'll give you 12 months membership for free!

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