WW2 ca­su­alty databaseabase grows

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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.”

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