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Each entry for a patient treated by the field ambulances includes:
- Regiment and sub-unit
- Age and completed years of service
- Completed months with field force
- Date of admission
- Date of discharge
- Any additional observations by medical practitioners
Plus details of movement back to the front or to another hospital, or in some cases the soldier's death.
Military Hospitals Admissions and Discharge Registers
"War Office: First World War Representative Medical Records of Servicemen" is a collection of records of soldiers' admission to, or discharge from hospital in the First World War.
After the war, most medical and hospital records were destroyed. The rest were given by the Royal Army Medical Corps (RAMC) to the Ministry OF Health. Just a representative selection (no more than two percent of the total) remain, housed at the National Archives, where they are coded MH106.
- These records have never been transcribed before
- In some cases, a field ambulance record may be the only existing proof that an ancestor fought in the war
- These records can show who was treated, for what, and the movements after being patched up (or not)
- It is also be one of the few types of records that include details of a solder's religion, which were recorded in case last rites needed to be administered
The collection includes data from a range of:
- Field ambulances
- Casualty clearing stations
- General and stationary hospitals
- Ambulance trains
- Medical transport ships
- As well as both civilian and military hospitals back in Britain