Medal Index Cards (MICs) are the original method of recording medal entitlement for soldiers who served in the Great War.
Each soldier who served in an active theatre of operations was awarded a medal. If you have a relation or a research subject who served at the front, there will almost certainly be a card for him. There is sometimes useful information on the reverse of these cards.
The Medal Index Cards were stored at the Ministry of Defence record centre in Hayes until 2005. Due to the need to make space, the MoD sold the Hayes site for redevelopment; the MoD (which owned the cards) proposed the cards would be destroyed. No museum or archive was prepared to take them on, so the Western Front Association came forward and agreed to save these records.
Since obtaining these cards, the WFA has been storing them. Many WFA members have requested copies of these, often placing the card in a frame alongside the medals.
The Western Front Association is delighted to be able to offer this copying service to WFA members and non-members alike in return for a small donation to our work.
If you would like a copy of a MIC record, please contact the WFA Office.
The Medal Index Card below shows Pte Robert H Reeves, killed in action aged 15.