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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 first time.

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 World War.

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.