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This database contains the Medal Rolls Index, or Medal Index Cards. The collection currently contains approximately 4.8 million people, which is nearly all of the total collection. There will be one more update to this collection in the very near future that will complete this database.
The records in each release cover a wide range of surnames from all alphabetical ranges. The records can be searched by first and last name and Corps, Unit or Regiment. These cards were created by the Army Medal Office (AMO) of the United Kingdom in Droitwich near the close of World War I (WWI).
The Medal Index Cards collection is the most complete listing of individuals who fought in the British Army in WWI, containing approximately 90 per cent of soldiers’ names. The Index Cards were created in order to keep details about a soldier’s medal entitlement in one place.
Certain requirements needed to be met in order to qualify for certain medals (see descriptions below). However, nearly all soldiers who served abroad were awarded at least one medal.
There’s both a front and back to each card. Cards are arranged alphabetically by soldiers’ surnames. There are a few different card forms that were used, so the amount of information recorded will vary. However, the type of information that may be found on the cards includes:
The Medal Rolls Index Cards will tell you which of the campaign medals below your ancestor may have been awarded. In general, everyone who served overseas received some form of medal.
Also included in this database are some women’s service awards and Mentioned in Despatches (MID) notes. Mentioned in Despatches was an award for commendable service or bravery in the field. Despatches were official reports that detailed military operations and were returned to HQ. These reports were published in the London Gazette. Servicemen who had performed noteworthy actions were often mentioned in these reports; therefore they are described as Mentioned in Despatches.
The women’s records currently held at the Imperial War Museum, as well as the Military Medal collection and Indian Army cards, are not presently included in this database.