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Postby janreb » Sun Jul 28, 2013 2:51 pm

My uncle served with the Royal Marine Corps and died on 21.4.17. At the time he was a POW in Berlin. I have his CWG record and there is a record of him on Ancestry where it says he died not as a result of enemy action, disease or gunfire - so I presume some sort of an accident. Is he likely to have a death certificate where it might give more detail of exactly why he died, or is there anywhere else I can look for more details?
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Re: POW

Postby Sylcec » Mon Jul 29, 2013 4:12 am

I suggest that you read this summary on the Long Long Trail website of what is available, http://1914-1918.net/research/index.php/find-your-soldier/finding-records-of-british-pows-of-the-first-world-war/
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Re: POW

Postby janreb » Mon Jul 29, 2013 9:14 am

Will try that - thank you.
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Re: POW

Postby junkers » Mon Jul 29, 2013 11:24 am

You could look at The National Archives website, if you could let us know a name when you put in a request for information then it makes it easier to help you. From what you have said maybe he died from his treatment in the POW camp?.
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Re: POW

Postby janreb » Mon Jul 29, 2013 12:34 pm

His name was James Arthur Christie, born in Farnham in 1890. He had been in the Marines for some time as on the 1911 census he was on board HMS Hermes docked at the Cape of Good Hope.
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Re: POW

Postby ColinB » Mon Jul 29, 2013 1:51 pm

There is an entry on the GRO War Death Navy All Ranks Indices ( on fmp )which could be your man :

Christie , James A Private Portsmouth Battn R.N.D. 1917 Vol RN Page 728

The search result on fmp says ' at sea . place unknown ' but I think that may just be because it's a Navy death - would there have been 2 men in that battalion , with the same name , both killed in the same year ?

You can order the certificate from GRO but there's a risk it won't give you any more info than you already have.

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Re: POW

Postby janreb » Mon Jul 29, 2013 3:02 pm

Thanks Colin, yes that is him. It does say "at sea" but it was actually in a camp near Berlin. The nearest I can find for a reason for his death so far is "accidental". I think I will try the GRO, it may pay off.
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