Medical Services in the First World War

WW1 Medical Museums

Army Medical Services Museum, Surrey, England

The museum holds collections for the Royal Army Medical Corps (RAMC), Royal Army Veterinary Corps (RAVC), Royal Army Dental Corps (RADC) and Queen Alexandra’s Royal Army Nursing Corps (QARANC).

Army Medical Services Museum

Lijssenthoek Visitor Centre, Poperinge, Belgium

This Visitor Centre was opened in late 2012. It is situated next to the Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery and in the location where Casualty Clearing Stations treated the wounded who were evacuated from the battle sectors of the Ypres Salient.

The Visitor Centre is free and open daily from 10.00 - 18.00 hours.

For visitor information and more about the centre see the contact details below:

Address: Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery, Boescheepseweg 35A, 8970 Poperinge, Belgium

Telephone: +32 (0)57 33 32 28



Useful Websites

The Long, Long Trail

Chris Baker's excellent website has pages about the British Army medical services, including the treatment of wounded and sick soldiers, with related pages about the Field Ambulances, Casualty Clearing Stations, Base Hospitals and UK hospitals.

Website: Treatment of Wounded and Sick Soldiers

Royal Army Medical Corps in the Great War

An excellent private website produced in memory of Reginal Leonard-Barrett-Cross, historian of the RAMC. The website is dedicated to him and the British Army's Army Medical Services. The website contains good information about the history of the RAMC and the part played in 1914-1918.

There is a good description of the RAMC Chain of Evacuation from the battlefield to the hospitals on the home front. The site contains a substantial amount of research on the website providing profiles of medical services' personnel and the units they served with.


Royal Army Medical Corps: National Army Museum

A webpage giving information about the Corps, its badge and items in the museum's collections related to this unit.

Website: Royal Army Medical Corps

Red Cross Volunteers in WW1

Find First World War volunteers or a Red Cross hospital on a database of over 90,000 records.


Scarletfinders: British Military Nurses

A highly recommended private website by Sue Light with extensive research on women's military nursing, advice on researching nurses in the First and Second World Wars and recommended books.


Voluntary Aid Detachment (VAD) on Spartacus Educational

The website includes primary source accounts.

Website: Voluntary Aid Detachment

Related Topics

History of the Great War Based on Official Documents: Medical (British Official History)

History of the Great War Based on Official Documents: Medical

Official History of the Australian Army Medical Services, 1914-1918

Official History of the Australian Army Medical Services, 1914-1918

The Not Forgotten Association

This Tri-Service Association was founded in 1920 to offer entertainment and leisure activities for men and women who had been wounded in the course of duty while serving in the Armed Forces in the First World War. Almost 100 years later it is still providing services for serving and ex-serving military personnel. Find out more on our page at:

The Not Forgotten Association