Thursday, 8 January 2015

More WW1 casualty lists on TheGenealogist

From TheGenealogist (

New WW1 Records Released
New avenues of research are opened up by the latest release of unique Great War records.

During the First World War many servicemen were reported as ‘Missing’ or ‘Killed in Action’ and for the first time you can now search a comprehensive list of these online. Usefully this includes the changing status of soldiers as the facts became clearer over time, as many assumed dead were found alive and those reported missing had their status updated.

This new release from TheGenealogist contains over 800,000 records. Included are 575,000 Killed in Action records, over 226,000 unique Missing-in-Action records and 14,000 Status Updates.

Over 100,000 people previously reported as missing had further status updates:
59,500 were later reported as killed
47,400 were later reported as PoW
2,000 were later reported as rejoined
4,200 were later reported as “not missing”
8,400 were later reported as wounded

Mark Bayley, Head of Online Content at TheGenealogist comments:

“The telegrams and published lists of Dead and Missing must have had a huge impact on the lives of our ancestors. These records give an insight into what must have been an emotional roller coaster. They also give new avenues of research into what some researchers may have assumed were dead ends.”

These are now available to Diamond subscribers of TheGenealogist.

Source Information:
Casualty Lists, 1914-1918 [database online]. 2014
Original data: "War Office Weekly Casualty List, London, List Numbers 1-36 [07/08/1917-09/04/1918]" HMSO ,"Daily Casualty Lists [03/09/1914-03/29/1920]" Newspapers

(With thanks to Nick Thorne)


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