British WWI Wounded and Missing

Records: 158,041 · Complete: 100%

Description

This index lists wounded and missing British, Australian, Canadian, and South African military personnel in all theaters of World War I about whom inquiries were made to the British Red Cross or Order of St. John.

Information available may include:

  • Name
  • Notes
  • Enquiry date
  • Rank
  • Regiment
  • Sub-unit
  • Regiment number
  • Battalion
  • Company
  • Theater
  • Missing or wounded date

On Fold3, the records are organized by theater, regiment, then the individual’s name.

The British Red Cross was founded in 1870. During World War I, it joined with the Order of St. John (an organization dating back to medieval times) to form the Joint War Organization. Together, they provided volunteers in areas such as first aid, nursing, cooking, hygiene, and sanitation. They also supplied motorized ambulances to the battlefields, which were an improvement over horse-drawn ambulances.

In addition to these services, the Joint War Organization set up centers for collecting and recording details about the missing, wounded, and dead, which is where the information in these records comes from.