13 November 2007

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

During World Wars I & II, 1.7 million men and women died during their service to the Commonwealth. The London Times recently carried an article that listed databases, collections, and hints to use in tracing the war graves. The Commonwealth War Graves Commission alone covers cemeteries found in 150 countries that represent those 1.7 million war casualty burials from World Wars I and II. The easily searchable database results give the service person's name, rank, service #, date of death, age, regiment, nationality, and the name & place of the cemetery or memorial. The nationality column includes Australian, Canadian, Indian, New Zealand, South African and United Kingdom. I checked the database for one of my English surnames and 70 names popped up, including one Canadian.

The register can also be searched for the 67,000 Commonwealth civilians who died as a result of enemy action in World War II. The CWGC website is a treasure trove of information.

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