How to look for records of... Royal Navy nurses
How can I view the records covered in this guide?
This is a brief guide to researching records of nurses who served with the Royal Navy. These records are varied and can be complicated. While most of the relevant records can be found at The National Archives, some material is held by the Ministry of Defence and the Red Cross.
What do I need to know before I start?
What records can I see online?
What records can I find at The National Archives at Kew?
What records can I find in other archives and organisations?
What other resources will help me find information?
Did you know?
Before 1884 the Royal Navy generally employed male nurses only.
The majority of naval nurses in the First and Second World Wars served in the Queen Alexandra’s Royal Naval Nursing Service.
Voluntary Aid Detachments (VADs) were non-military organisations created in 1909 and based on the Japanese voluntary aid system. Members were trained by the St John Ambulance Brigade and served alongside all branches of the armed forces.