Tracing Your Service Women Ancestors: A Guide for Family Historians

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Media: BOOK - paperback, 222 pages
Author: M. Ingham
Year: 2012
ISBN: 9781848841734
Other: b&w photos, appendixes, index
Publisher: Pen & Sword

Whether you are interested in the career of an individual service woman or just want to know more about the part played by service women in a particular war or campaign, this book is for you. Assuming that the reader has no prior knowledge of service women, Mary Ingham explains which records survive, where they can be found and how they can help you in your research.

She also vividly described the role of women with the armed services from the Crimean War of the 1850s to the aftermath of the First World War and offers an insight into what the records can tell you about the career of an English ancestor who served at home or abroad.

From the army schoolmistresses to the Women's Land Army, her account outlines the history of each service, describes uniforms and gives examples of daily life and likely experiences. This is the book you need if you want to follow up those clues in your family's history - stories heard from older relatives, pictures in family photograph albums, handed-down uniforms, badges or medals that seem to indicate that one of your women ancestors served in wartime.

1. Army Schoolmistresses and QAS

Nursing and Medical Services
2. Crimea Nurses
3. Army Nursing Service
4. Care of the Wounded in the First World War
5. The Voluntary Aid Detatchments
6. Military and Naval Masseuses
7. First Aid Nursing Yeomanry
8. Meducal Women with the Armed Forces in the First World War
9. RAF Nursing Service and PMRAFNS
10. Queen Alexandra's Military Families Nursing Service
11. Naval Nursiong Service
12. Indian Army Nursing Service and QAMNSI

Women's Auxiliary Services
13. Women's Auxiliary Services in the First World War
14. Women's Army Auxiliary Corps
15. Women's Royal Naval Service
16. Women's Royal Air Force
17. Women's Forage Corp
18. Women's Land Army

Appendix 1. Archives and Websites
Appendix 2. Key to Abbreviations

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