Thursday 17 August 2023

Ancestry adds Index to soldiers treated in Belfast hospital, 1914-16

Random sample search result from Ancestry

Ancestry has uploaded a newly created index and browse facility to another of the collections freely available via the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland (PRONI).

PRONI calls this collection the First World War Register of the Royal Victoria Hospital; it has been renamed the Belfast, Antrim, Ireland, Royal Victoria Hospital Register, 1914-1916 in the Ancestry database.

The collection contains medical registers for more than 700 soldiers who were treated at the Royal Victoria Hospital between the years 1914 and 1916. Most of the records are in English.

Soldiers from various regiments were treated during this time, so this is not a collection of interest only to family historians with Northern Ireland connections.

While local regiments included the Irish Guards and the Royal Irish Rifles, some of the patients were from the Royal Berkshire Regiment, the Royal Scots Fusiliers and the Welsh Guards. Soldiers from New Zealand, Canada and Australia were also treated.

Records may include some or all of the following information:

  • Name
  • Rank
  • Hospital Admission Date
  • Hospital Discharge Date
  • Military Regiment
  • Battalion Number
  • Attaché Regiment
  • Service Number
  • Register Page Number

PRONI's First World War Register of the Royal Victoria Hospital collection can be searched and viewed on PRONI's website via a downloadable spreadsheet and a pdf, respectively. The repository also offers a useful article containing context and an overview of the collection.

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