British Red Cross volunteers records to be digitised
The charity will recruit 100 volunteers to create an online archive of
Voluntary Aid Detachment index cards of civilians who contributed to the
The British Red Cross has been awarded an £80,000 grant from the
Heritage Lottery Fund to conserve and digitise historic documents
detailing the work of volunteers during the First World War.
As part of the project to commemorate the centenary of the war, the BRC
will recruit 100 volunteers to create a free and publicly available
online archive of 244,000 Voluntary Aid Detachment index cards.
These paper cards include details of nurses, ambulance drivers and
seamstresses who contributed to the war effort. They were organised on a
county basis and allocated to carry out a variety of roles between 1914
I have created a number of local history projects for which you will find links on this blog. I am a community historian (ie, not paid) living in Essendon. The content of my Empire Called database (see the link to the PBWorks website) is the result of nearly 25 years' research. I began collecting material for the database of local WW1 volunteers in the early 1990s, beginning with hand transcriptions of Honour Boards in local schools, churches, clubs and so on. It was after this that the National Archives of Australia began making digitised service records available online, followed by the Australian War Memorial uploading Embarkation Rolls of the Australian Imperial Force. The Empire Called blog is a companion for the PBWorks website of the same name.
Time Travellers in Essendon and Flemington is set up in the same way, with a website and a blog to report additions to the website. The website is a vehicle to publish longer pieces of research that are too long for newsletters. It also includes various indexes I have worked on for many years, plus photos from various sources which I date and describe in greater detail. You may find something of use for your research.