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

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Record Description
Record Type World War I Women's Army Auxiliary Corps
Collection years 1917-1920
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Public Record Office, The National Archives


What Is in This Collection?

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.

Collection Contents

Women's Army Auxiliary Corps 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

Image Visibility

Whenever possible, FamilySearch makes images available for all users. However, ultimate rights to view images on our website are granted by the record custodians. The United Kingdom, World War I Women's Army Auxiliary Corps collection is available to the Family History Library, FamilySearch Centers, and to members of the supporting organization(s). The images can be viewed at the Family History Library and a family history center near you.

To Browse This Collection

You can browse through images in this collection by visiting the browse page for United Kingdom, World War I Women's Army Auxiliary Corps Records, 1917-1920.

How Do I Search the Collection?

As you are searching it is helpful to know such information as your ancestor’s given name and surname, place of birth and occupation. 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.

Search the collection

To search the collection by name: Fill in the requested information in the boxes on the initial search page. This search will return a list of possible matches. Compare the information about the individuals in the list to what you already know about your ancestors to determine if this is the correct family or person. You may need to look at the information on several individuals comparing the information about them to your ancestors to make this determination. Keep in mind:

  • There may be more than one person in the records with the same name.
  • You may not be sure of your own ancestor’s name.
  • Your ancestor may have used different names, or variations of their name, throughout their life.
  • If your ancestor used an alias or a nickname, be sure to check for those alternate names.
  • Even though these indexes are very accurate they may still contain transcript errors such as altered spellings, misinterpretations, and optical character recognition errors. It's always a good idea to confirm information with an image of the record, if available.


To browse by image:
To search the collection you will need to follow this series of links:
⇒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.

What Do I Do Next?

Tips to Keep in Mind

  • When looking for a person who had a common name, look at all the entries for the name before deciding which is correct.
  • 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.
  • Titles may be clues to property ownership, occupations, rank, or status within the community.
  • Continue to search the index and records to identify children, siblings, parents, and other relatives who may have served in the same unit or a nearby unit.
  • Check for variant spellings of the names.
  • Look for an index. There are often indexes at the beginning of each volume. In addition local genealogical and historical societies often have indexes to local records.
  • Search the records of nearby military units.

Known Issues With This Collection

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Citing This Collection

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Collection Citation

"United Kingdom, World War I Women's Army Auxiliary Corps Records, 1917-1920." Database with Images. FamilySearch http://FamilySearch.org: accessed 2017. Citing Public Record Office. The National Archives, Surrey. }}

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