Other sources

This guide was last updated in 2009

Now that you have traced the official record of your ancestor, you can explore further details of their war service from more unusual sources.

Many of the young doctors seeing active service wrote letters about their experiences to their medical school gazettes. In these magazines, you can also often find lists of former students on war service and the units to which they were attached as medical officers.

On a sadder note are the obituaries of young men killed in their prime, which are often more intimate than those published in newspapers. The Journal of the Royal Army Medical Corps is also a good source of first-hand accounts.

Many army doctors wrote memoirs or preserved their personal papers relating to their war service. The Wellcome Library holds a collection of diaries, letters and memoirs that were given to the Royal Army Medical Corps by their creators.

Other collections of such personal papers and regimental histories can also be found at the Imperial War Museum and National Army Museum. The Army Medical Services Museum holds a large archive of medical professional papers, personal accounts & diaries, photographs and much more and has a large research library. It is well worth a visit if you want to know more about the context in which doctors at war worked.

Gallantry awards
previous Step
Obituaries and other records
next Step
We use cookies to improve your experience of our website. Cookies perform functions like recognising you each time you visit and delivering advertising messages that are relevant to you. Read more here