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Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Discussion in 'Military records' started by Tim, Jun 15, 2013.

  1. Tim

    Tim Moderator Staff Member

    I've never used it. So I've just tried it on one of the rarer names in my tree and got a hit, so I might use it now :)

    NameRankService NumberDate of DeathAgeRegiment / ServiceService CountryGrave /
    NOSCOE, MARY ELLEN Civilian 21/12/1940 57 Civilian War Dead United Kingdom
  2. MaryK

    MaryK Member

    This discussion is side-tracked ! CWGC is an excellent site, I think. You can print the certificates - I put them in my folders and onto my Tribal Page - it tells you which battle your ancestor is likely to have died in if you read the cemetery information. As you highlighted, Tim, it does work best with rare names - pinning down J. Brown can be nigh on impossible, especially if the entry has no age or relations given, but those that do are most helpful - and then you can side track even more and go and look up the battle, or the ship and find more info and pics to include !
  3. MarionK

    MarionK Moderator Staff Member

    I've had great success with CWGC, especially with a male of the right age who has gone missing!
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  4. Liberty

    Liberty LostCousins Megastar

    As and when CWGC gets its own slot on the forum, maybe we could add this useful bit of info I got from them the other day, regarding the dates of war deaths

    "The Commission are responsible for the commemoration of members of the Commonwealth Forces who died during the two World Wars. Each casualty is commemorated once only, either on a headstone marking their grave or, if they have no known grave, by the inscription of their name on one of the Commission’s memorials to the missing. For purposes of commemoration the dates are as follows: 4thAugust 1914 to 31stAugust 1921 and 3rdSeptember 1939 to 31stDecember 1947.

    The reason why the First World War period extends to 31stAugust 1921 for Commission purposes is that the 'Termination of the present war (Definition) Act' laid down that the war would officially end when an Order in Council, under that Act, declared the war ended. This duly occurred on 31stAugust 1921.

    The official cut-off point for the casualties of the Second World War was established by the member governments of the Commonwealth, agreeing a date that was approximately the same period after the Armistice was signed with Germany, as had been allowed after the First World War."
  5. AnneC

    AnneC LostCousins Star

    We do have a slot for CWGC on the forum
  6. Liberty

    Liberty LostCousins Megastar

    So we do. So.....why does this 'ere discussion have the title 'Commonwealth War Graves Commission' and the one on the Commonwealth War Graves Commission have the heading 'War Graves'?
  7. Tim

    Tim Moderator Staff Member

    That's because a moderator has taken the initial post from where it was and created a new discussion. You can see where it came from by pressing the little up arrow next to "Maryk said"

    I can have a look tomorrow to see if we can clear it up better.
  8. Liberty

    Liberty LostCousins Megastar

    Thanks Tim
    And I think what I meant in the first place (but didn't say) was not a slot in this present format of discussions etc. but a slot in the 'finalised' website, to give a pointer to those investigating relatives i.e just because he died in 1947 it doesn't mean CWGC won't have any info.
  9. Alexander Bisset

    Alexander Bisset Administrator Staff Member

    And seemingly created a new discussion without following the practice of using "New title (was old title)" in the title so people can understand it changed. :(
  10. Britjan

    Britjan LostCousins Star

    For those of you who have linked CWGC records to people on your family tree you should check that the link still works as CWGC has radically changed the format of their website. It has caused chaos for some bloggers.
  11. Gillian

    Gillian LostCousins Star

    Thank you for letting us know, Britjan. It works fine for me - much more straightforward.
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