United Kingdom, World War I Women's Army Auxiliary Corps Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)

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Record Description

This collection will include records from 1917-1920 This collection contains records of 7,000 women who joined the Women's Army Auxiliary Corps (WAAC) / Queen Mary's Army Auxiliary Corps (QMAAC) between 1917 and 1920. These records are held in series WO 398 at The National Archives and contain enrolment forms, statements of service, and other documents pertaining to their service.

Record Content

These records may contain the following information:

  • Name of soldier
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Residence
  • Marital Status
  • Number of children (If married)
  • Occupation
  • Age
  • Date of enlistment

How to Use the Record

To begin your search, you should know the following information:

  • Name of ancestor
  • Date and place of birth
  • Occupation

Search the collection

To search the collection image by image,
⇒Select "Browse through images" on the initial collection page
⇒Select the appropriate  "Name Range - First Letter"
⇒Select the appropriate  "Name Range - First Two Letters"
⇒Select the appropriate  "Name Range - Surname" which takes you to the images.

Search the collection by image comparing the information with what you already know about your ancestors to determine if the image relates to them. You may need to look at several images and compare the information about the individuals listed in those images to your ancestors to make this determination.

As you are searching it is helpful to know such information as your ancestor’s given name and surname, some identifying information such as residence and age, and family relationships. Remember that there may be more than one person in the records with the same name as your ancestor and that your ancestor may have used nicknames or different names at different times.

Using the Information

Known Issues with This Collection

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For a full list of all known issues associated with this collection see the attached Wiki article. If you encounter additional problems, please email them to support@familysearch.org. Please include the full path to the link and a description of the problem in your e-mail. Your assistance will help ensure that future reworks will be considered.

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Contributions to This Article

We welcome user additions to FamilySearch Historical Records wiki articles. We are looking for additional information that will help readers understand the topic and better use the available records. We also need translations for collection titles and images in articles about records written in languages other than English. For specific needs, please visit WikiProject FamilySearch Records.

Please follow these guidelines as you make changes. Thank you for any contributions you may provide.

Citations for This Collection

When you copy information from a record, you should list where you found the information (often called citing your sources). This will help people find the record again and evaluate the reliability of the source. It is also good to keep track of records where you did not find information, including the names of the people you looked for in the records. Citations are available for the collection as a whole and each record or image individually.

Collection citation:

United Kingdom, World War I Women's Army Auxiliary Corps Records, 1917-1920. Images. FamilySearch http://FamilySearch.org: accessed 2014. Citing Public Record Office. The National Archives, Surrey.