You can now find out if your ancestors are among the 8,969 people who were awarded the Royal Red Cross nursing award. These records span the period 1883 to 1994.
The Royal Red Cross was first awarded in 1883 ‘for special exertions in providing for the nursing, or for attending to, sick and wounded soldiers and sailors’. The award was so special that only 246 women had been considered worthy of the honour by the start of WWI. This rose to 6,741 by 1922, when new classes of medal were introduced.
Men became eligible for the first time in 1976, so it’s possible to find both male and female ancestors in these records.
This release follows the publication of five other sets of military nurse records on findmypast.co.uk in November 2011.
Sue Light provided findmypast.co.uk with these records. The image on this page is also courtesy of Sue.