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War Graves Commission

Postby janiej » Sat Apr 07, 2012 5:57 pm

Searching for a relative, I found in a news report that she had died as a result of enemy action. Intrigued, because she was too old to be in active service, but there was nothing in the paper about a raid in her village so the brick wall was hit again.

Today, searching for a military grave on the War Graves Commission website, I noticed a tick box for Civilian deaths so I put the lady's details in. I found her at once - she had been a patient in a hospital that had been bombed. The British Library Newspaper Archive supplied details of that incident and I now have a story.

So, I searched for civilians with just the name of their home town, or just a surname and I came up with about a dozen people I had "lost" in WW2! What a result!
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Re: War Graves Commission

Postby mfkirke » Mon Apr 23, 2012 9:03 am

What a great result! Must go try the civilian tick box
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