WW2 casualty databaseabase grows
An online database of Second World War casualty lists has now expanded to include more than half a million entries.
Forces War Records ( forces-warrecords.co.uk) has transcribed and uploaded a new tranche of material from series WO 417 at The National Archives, providing the names of British Army personnel listed as a ‘casualty’ during the conflict. This meant they were either killed, wounded, went missing or taken prisoner of war.
First launched in May 2015, the collection can also reveal the individual’s service number and the date on which they became a casualty. Crucially for researchers, the records are divided according to rank, with separate volumes for officers and nurses.
“WO 417 is quite different from other collections we have transcribed,” said Forces War Records’ Rachel Cope. “It is an insight into how information about the fate of soldiers was reported during the war as it happened.
“Consequently, each report includes corrections as events become clearer and a timeline of information begins to emerge about missing personnel, prisoners of war and those who died.”