First World War volunteers

Over 90,000 people volunteered for the British Red Cross at home and overseas during the war. 

Search for your family’s personnel records, and discover what Red Cross volunteers were doing in your local area 100 years ago.

Famous WWI volunteers: Agatha Christie

Agatha Christie

Agatha Christie, one of the world’s best-selling authors, volunteered for the Red Cross before publishing her first novel in 1920.

What the Red Cross did during the war

The Red Cross did everything from nursing and air raid duty to searching for missing people and transporting the wounded.

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