Released in association with The National Archives to coincide with the 77th anniversary of Britain’s entry into the war, the British Army casualty lists 1939-1945 record the details of officers, nurses, and other ranks who were reported as killed in action, dead as a result of illness or accident, missing, or taken as a prisoner of war.
The records are comprised of daily lists prepared by the War Office. Each list covers the various expeditionary forces serving in different locations such as The Western Desert, Malaya, Italy, Greece or France, and also cover those killed or injured at home or at overseas stations outside theatres of war. In some cases, the lists also recorded casualties suffered at sea when transport ships were attacked by enemy vessels.
The records consist of fully searchable transcripts and scanned colour images of the original documents. Each entry lists the person’s name, rank, service number, regiment, status, and previous theatre of war. The image may also provide additional information such as a date of death or a notation on their previous status.