Save the fleet launch Cingalee which served the Royal Navy in the First World War

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First World War Home Front volunteers archive to be launched

Among famous names included in the Voluntary Aid Detachment (VAD) indexes are author Agatha Christie, novelist and poet Naomi Mitchison and writer and feminist Vera Brittain.This treasure trove, some 244,000 VAD paper index cards held by the British Red Cross, will now be digitised to create a free