Second World War casualty archives shared
08 May 2015
Original records for the full 1.7 million individuals
commemorated by the CWGC are to be revealed to the public for the
Following the release of our First World War Casualty Archive
Documents in 2014, the CWGC is delighted to announce that the
Second World War records will also be made available in August this
year, to coincide with the 70th anniversary of VJ Day.
The additional documents will greatly enhance the experience of
searching through our records, and will mean that millions of
people across the Commonwealth could discover more about their
relatives who fought and died during the Second World War.
The records will be available through the 'casualty search'
option on our website, and will offer a unique insight into the
process of commemoration undertaken by the CWGC after the Second
Details will include; personal headstone inscriptions, date of
death, rank, regiment and even some documents which show the
journey of the deceased to their final resting place.
Andrew Fetherston, the CWGC's Archivist and Records Manager,
said: 'The release of these archive records online opens up yet
another avenue for members of the public to investigate and
remember the individuals we commemorate.
'With the addition of these Second World War records, alongside
records relating to non-Commonwealth casualties buried in various
sites around the world, it will now be possible, for the first
time, to see the original records of all 1.7 million individuals
the Commission commemorates.
'They should prove a valuable resource for researchers, family
historians and anyone with interest In the World Wars.'
Discover some of the documents that are already
available for our First World War casualties.