I hope I can impose upon you to help a civvie. I've lurked for some years - got clued in at Messybeast - but never posted until now. Family history has it that my grandmother, Dr CMC MacNeil, was an officer in WW1. One of the first female officers, allegedly. Unfortunately I find myself unable to get any details. She died when I was small, and was apparently rather traumatised by events and barely spoke of it to her children. She was a doctor, initially at Seafield, then later somewhere in France, where she may have practiced as a surgeon. She held a sketchbook for the use of her patients and I've put scans here. I've been in contact with the National Archive at Kew who say they destroyed these sort of records in the 1920s, and other records were destroyed during WW2. I've checked with the RAMC and FANY who have no record of her. Where should I go from here? Is it possible she was commissioned into the French or Belgian military? My father is most adamant about her having been an officer, as are other members of the family who knew her, and it would be nice to get complete details.