First World War Casualty Cards

 A casualty card. Another First World War Casualty Card.

The RAF Museum holds an extensive set of record cards relating to deaths, injuries and illness suffered by Royal Flying Corps and Royal Air Force personnel (and ex-Royal Naval Air Service after 1 April 1918). These start at about 1915 (although earlier losses were recorded retrospectively) and run up to approximately 1928. They cover all theatres of operations for that period. They were originally arranged in different series for a variety of purposes, now unclear. These cards cover circumstances from off-duty sporting accidents to deaths.

The records are not complete but a variable amount of information can be gleaned from them. Some cards record the movements of prisoners of war or give Court of Enquiry summaries for accidents occurring in the United Kingdom. Details recorded for other ranks are usually much briefer than those for officers. Serial numbers and types of aircraft are sometimes given.

The Museum also holds medical board record cards for officers, covering the dates 1917-1920 approximately. These cards record attendance of medical boards and diagnosis for officers of the RFC and Royal Air Force.

Please Note: Due to the intensive nature of checking the various series of records, the Department cannot answer queries on more than three individuals in any one request for information. The fullest name detail available should be provided. The cards can be consulted in person by appointment and photocopies can be provided for a small cost.


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