Sorry. put the wrong link for the Agatha Christie records. It should be
From: Maureen Evers via <india(a)rootsweb.com>
Subject: [INDIA] Online WW1 Red Cross records (two free datasets)
Date: 19 January 2015 11:57:18 PM AEDT
To: "india(a)rootsweb.com" <INDIA(a)rootsweb.com>
Reply-To: Maureen Evers <maureen.evers(a)bigpond.com>, india(a)rootsweb.com
A member of this List has advised that there is a free set of records from the British
Red Cross of record cards for their Volunteers during WW1.
Some 90,000 people volunteered to serve in Britain and overseas during the war. Many were
females, and of those many were what were terms “general service members” – usually
referred to as V.A.D. (voluntary aid detachment)
The database may be accessed here:
It currently covers only surnames beginning with A, B, C and D,
An interesting example is the record for the crime writer Agatha Christie
Another set of free online records is from the International Committee of the Red Cross.
The website is
Prisoners of the First World War - ICRC Archives
These records seem to be quite complex to search. If anyone wants to search these
records, I strongly suggest that you read the main thread on the Great War Forum called
“Red Cross records to go online 4 August” (category Further centenary projects and
There are also smaller threads located in the category Soldiers, subsection POWs
If the POW was a POW of the Germans, the records (or most of the records) will be in
The POWs include soldiers of the Indian Army.
The ICRC also has WW2 records., which they are currently conserving. I’m not sure if this
is a first step to digitisation of these records.