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Thursday, January 9, 2014

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 war effort.

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 and 1918.

See the full story at Third Sector

First seen at GeneaNet 


  1. Lenore,

    Thank you for telling us about this!

    I want to let you know that your blog post is listed in today's Fab Finds post at

    Have a wonderful weekend!

  2. Thanks, Jana, entirely my pleasure. And I do plan to have a wonderful weekend - we're having a small family gathering tonight to celebrate my son's engagement!