National Project to Honour Unrecorded World War Casualties
07 January 2014
The Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC) will be working
with the National Army Museum and the Army to investigate cases of
First and Second World War Soldiers and officers who are currently
not commemorated as war casualties.
Every year, the Army receives a steady stream of claims from
descendants and others who believe their loved ones names should be
recognised. These missing names predominately relate to soldiers
and officers who died of their injuries away from the battlefield.
Many of these casualties died whilst still in service, but
casualties who were discharged as unfit because of their injuries
and subsequently died may also be eligible for commemoration.
The CWGC will be working with the Museum and the Army to
establish the individual's eligibility for official recognition of
The Commission's Commemorations Policy Manager, Nic Andrews
said, "The Commonwealth War Graves Commission is looking forward to
working with the National Army Museum and to ensuring those
servicemen and women who died in the two world wars are
commemorated in a manner befitting their sacrifice."
David Bownes, Assistant Director of the National Army Museum,
said: "Restoring honour to the casualties of the World Wars is a
deserving enterprise and one that the National Army Museum's
experts are well-equipped to investigate and substantiate."
The British Army: "We are committed to ensuring all those who
died as a result of their Service in the World Wars receive the
recognition they deserve for their sacrifice and bravery. The
partnership with the Commonwealth War Graves Commission and the
National Army Museum will ensure that all those in the Army who
gave their lives will be honoured.
All three organisations are involved and committed to ensuring
that the courage and sacrifice of soldiers and officers who died as
a result of their service in the First or Second World Wars is not
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