VAD casualties during the First World War

90,000 volunteers: one remarkable legacy

Red Cross nurses and patients at Burton on Trent Town Hall Auxiliary Hospital, Staffordshire.

Red Cross nurses and patients at Burton on Trent Town Hall Auxiliary Hospital, Staffordshire. (Credit: British Red Cross)

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Volunteers during WW1

90,000 ordinary men and women volunteered with the Red Cross during WW1 in hospitals, driving ambulances, and more.

V.A.D. nurses with wounded soldiers in garden, Southmead, Bristol

British Red Cross nurses

Voluntary nurses provided medical care and emotional support to the wounded.

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Auxiliary hospitals

British Red Cross hospitals proved vital in WW1, treating hundreds.