Friends Ambulance Unit
A lot of my paternal side of my family were members of the Society of Friends (Quakers), and can be traced back to the 1700s in Coventry. When World War One broke out, they did not fight due to being contentious objectors as Quakers were pacifists.
But this did not stop some of them from helping the war effort. One ancestor William Waterfall joined the Friends Ambulance Unit (FAU). The FAU was established during WW1 and was later revived during WW2. Click here for a history of the FAU.
WIlliam Waterfall joined the FAU on the 16th June 1915 and served in Section Sanitare Angalise 19 attached to the French Army for most of the war and in 1917 he was awarded the Croix de Guerre. William was discharged in November 1918.
The Society of Friends have published the personnel cards for all those who served in the FAU in World War One. To view and search the database click here.
Croix de Guerre Certificate awarded to William Waterfall in 1917, courtesy of Kevin Waterfall.