First World War Appeal

Support our Casualty Form project

The Museum has over 30,000 First World War Casualty Forms in its collection. They carry essential information such as regiment/corps and rank, religion, occupation before signing up, age on enlistment, date of enlistment, postings to units, periods of leave, promotions and decorations as well as injuries and time spent in hospital. Casualty Forms give a snapshot of ordinary as well as extraordinary life in the First World War.

Much of this information is not recorded in the files held in the National Archives so are a vital source for people tracing the lives of those in the RAF and RFC. Sadly the fragile state of the records means that handling would cause serious damage. Conservation is essential - to strengthen the weak paper, flatten curled edges and repair tears. Once scanned, the digital images will be available online. Without restoration and digitisation, the stories will be lost.

We urgently need your support to get the casualty forms restored - the longer they remain at risk, the increased likelihood of permanent damage that cannot be repaired. We need to raise over £30,000 for this project, here's how you can help:

DONATE:

  • Click here to donate online
  • Text RAFM14 £10 to 70070 (to donate £10)
  • Download a donation form here and post it to us with your cheque made payable to the RAF Museum

We'll keep you up to date on the project and the difference your donation has made.