Ancestry adds records for women in UK military service to 1920

Newly online at Ancestry, from holdings at the UK National Archives.

UK, Women’s Royal Air Force Service Records, 1918-1920. 

The collection consists of 31,399 records from AIR 80 – Air Ministry: Master General of Personnel and Director of Personnel: Airwomen’s Records,
It includes enrollment forms, certificates of discharge, correspondence, and casualty forms for active service, which were recorded when personnel switched units.
Members of the WRAF served in various non-combat roles, including clerks, cooks, housekeepers, photographers, drivers, tinsmiths, pigeon keepers, welders, and more.

UK, Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps Service Records, 1917-1920. 

The collection contains 19,773 records from WO 398: War Office: Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps: Service Records, First World War.
The information is on:  application forms, enrollment forms, certificates of identification, certificates of discharge, correspondence, medical history forms, and casualty forms for active service, which were recorded when personnel switched units, references from employers, clothing history sheets, which contain details about uniforms.
Occupations were typically cooking, waitressing, administrative work, and cleaning.

Records in both collections may include name, with a maiden name if married, birthplace, birth date, race, nationality, residence, marital status, occupation, date and place of enlistment, date and place of discharge, regiment, unit, service number, names and addresses of next of kin, relationship to next of kin.

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