Commonwealth War Graves Commission appeals for Malta casualties' stories

By Rosemary Collins, 25 October 2018 - 11:26am

If you have a family member who died on Malta, you can share their story and photograph via the CWGC's website

Percy Fricker Malta Gallipoli Commonwealth War Graves Commission
Lane Corporal Percy Fricker died on Malta following the Battle of Gallipoli (Credit: Imperial War Museums)

The Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC) wants to hear the stories of Commonwealth casualties from both World Wars who are buried on Malta.

The CWGC will share the stories as part of a pilot project to encourage more people to visit its sites in Malta.

If you know of someone who served in the Commonwealth forces and is commemorated on the island and would like to take part, search for them in the CWGC casualties database by entering their first and last names and putting Malta in 'Country (commemorated in)'.

You can then upload their photograph, name and story, along with the URL for their CWGC record, via the Malta Personal Stories website.

The CWGC also welcomes stories of civilian casualties, who are not listed on its database.

The CWGC helps maintain 15 cemeteries and other memorials on Malta, with 9673 names listed on them in total.

During the First World War, many casualties from the 1915 Gallipoli campaign were treated on the island. Sadly, many of them did not survive.

For example, the Malta Personal Stories website features the photograph and story of Lance Corporal Percy Fricker of the Australian Infantry. He suffered a shoulder injury at Gallipoli in October 1915 and died of pneumonia while recovering in Tigne hospital on Malta, aged just 19.

The website also commemorates a female casualty - Helen Taylor Batchelor, a Voluntary Aid Detachment nurse who died of illness while helping treat the Gallipoli casualties.
 

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