Series GB66 - War Office: First World War Representative Medical Records of Servicemen

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GB GB66 GB66


War Office: First World War Representative Medical Records of Servicemen


  • 1912 - 1921 (Creation)

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2389 volume(s)

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War Office, 1857-1964

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The records in this series are a representative selection of several types of medical records from various theatres of war. They were brought together by the Medical Research Committee and the British Museum during and immediately after the 1914 to 1918 War for use in statistical studies of the treatment for injuries sustained, and diseases contracted, by British troops. The records were later used by the Ministry of Pensions, which inherited them, and subsequently by the War Pensions Branches of its successor departments, to verify claims for war disability pensions.
The records in this series are a representative selection of the original collection. The records include admission and discharge registers from hospitals and casualty clearing stations, field ambulances, an ambulance train and a hospital ship. There are also medical sheets, selected to illustrate the diversity of diseases contracted, injuries received and treatments prescribed and medical cards relating to individuals in selected regiments, together with means of reference to the various types of record and volumes containing information on the provenance and use of the original collection.
Following enquiries from the public, efforts to locate the rest of this collection, or to confirm its fate, have proved unsuccessful. It is believed that the reminder of the records were destroyed before the Second World War.

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Subject to 30 year closure unless otherwise stated

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  • English

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  • Latin

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The original studies made on these records were published inT J Mitchell and G M Smith History of the Great War based on Official Documents; (Medical Services) casualties and Medical Statistics of the Great War (1931).

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Pavlina Bobic

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