The detail in each record may vary but you can expect to find:
Rank, service number and unit
Length of service
Details of injury or disease
The records cover admissions to the Old Sarum Isolation Hospital, the Harnham Red Cross Hospital at East Harnham and the Salisbury Infirmary on Fisherton Street. In many cases, the patients were admitted whilst in camps on Salisbury Plain waiting to be deployed, rather than being received from the front line on the Western Front.
All branches of the service feature, although there is of course a preponderance of British Army and Royal Air Force rather than Royal Navy personnel. Within the Army, the greatest numbers of patients are from the Royal Field Artillery, Royal Engineers, Labour Corps and Army Service Corps. There are also many Commonwealth soldiers, especially ANZACs. In cases where the man’s service record does not survive, these hospital admission records may provide at least some core details of service in the Great War.
The original records are deposited at the Wiltshire & Swindon History Centre and have been indexed by the Wiltshire Family History Society.