List of ambulance drivers during World War I
This is a list of notable people who served as ambulance drivers during the First World War. A remarkable number—writers especially—volunteered as ambulance drivers for the Allied Powers. In many cases they sympathized strongly with the ideals of the Allied Powers but did not want to, or were too old to, participate in a combat role. For women, combat was not an option at the time. Several of the Americans on the list volunteered before the United States' 1917 entry into the war. Many of the American writers would later be associated with the Lost Generation.
- Louis Bromfield - volunteer American Field Service
- William Slater Brown - volunteer Norton-Harjes Ambulance Corps
- Malcolm Cowley - volunteer American Field Service
- Harry Crosby - volunteer American Field Service
- E. E. Cummings - volunteer Norton-Harjes Ambulance Corps
- Kati Dadeshkeliani - Russian Army ambulance driver
- Russell Davenport - U.S. Army Medical Corps
- John Dos Passos - volunteer Norton-Harjes Ambulance Corps
- Helen Gleason - volunteer Munro Ambulance Corps
- Julien Green- volunteer American Field Service
- Ernest Hemingway - volunteer American Field Service
- Robert Hillyer - volunteer Norton-Harjes Ambulance Corps
- Sidney Howard - volunteer American Field Service
- Jerome K. Jerome - French Army ambulance driver
- John Howard Lawson - volunteer Norton-Harjes Ambulance Corps
- Desmond MacCarthy - volunteer British Red Cross ambulance corps
- Archibald MacLeish - U.S. Army ambulance driver, who later became an artillery captain
- John Masefield - served as hospital orderly in British hospital for French soldiers in France
- F. Van Wyck Mason - ambulance corps volunteer, who later joined the French Army and then the U.S. Army
- Somerset Maugham - volunteer British Red Cross ambulance corps
- Charles Nordhoff - volunteer American Field Service
- William Seabrook - American Field Service
- Robert W. Service - British Red Cross volunteer
- Olaf Stapledon - Friends' Ambulance Unit volunteer
- Hugh Walpole - Red Cross volunteer in Russia
- Amos Niven Wilder - American Field Service volunteer, who later joined an artillery unit /
- Maurice Ravel - volunteer ambulance driver or truck driver
- Albert Roussel - Red Cross transport driver
- Ralph Vaughan Williams - Royal Army Medical Corps
Other Notable People
- Frank Buckles - Last American World War I veteran
- Marion Barbara "Joe" Carstairs - Wealthy Anglo-American. Later known as a power boat racer and for her eccentric lifestyle
- René Clair - French filmmaker
- Jean Cocteau - French dramatist and filmmaker
- Stafford Cripps - British politician
- Walt Disney - American animator and film producer - volunteer American Red Cross, but served after the armistice ending World War I was signed.
- Hélène Dutrieu - pioneering French aviator
- Florence Jaffray Harriman- socialite and member of Wilson's commission on labor unrest - director of the Women's Motor Corps in France, and organizer of the American Red Cross Women's Motor Corps of the District of Columbia
- Tony Hulman - American businessman, owner and operator of Indianapolis Motor Speedway - volunteer American Red Cross
- Ray Kroc - American entrepreneur of McDonald's Corporation fame - trained to become an ambulance driver, though the war ended before he saw action.
- Oscar Mendell - British engineer who contributed to the invention of the jet engine in 1936
- Ruth Morton - volunteer American Red Cross American nurse
- Waldo Peirce - American painter - volunteer American Field Service
- Percy Toplis - notorious British deserter
- William A. Wellman - American film director
- Algernon Blackwood - British Red Cross Searcher, trying to identify dead or lost soldiers - British author
- A.J. Cronin - Royal Navy surgeon - Scottish novelist
- Marjory Stoneman Douglas - volunteered for American Red Cross - eminent American conservationist
- Dorothy Canfield Fisher - volunteered to help blinded Allied soldiers - American social activist and author
- E.M. Forster - interviewed wounded in Egyptian hospitals - English novelist
- Anne Green - volunteer work, author and translator, sister of aforementioned ambulance driver and author Julian Green
- Gertrude Stein - volunteer driver for French hospitals - American poet, playwright, feminist
- Edmund Wilson - American literary critic
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