WWII Daily reports (missing, dead, wounded & POWs)

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Was your ancestor a casualty in WWII? Over 380,000 men died, up to 150,000 were wounded and a further 180,000 men were held as POWs in the years 1939 -1945. A brand new & highly informative collection of reports from various stages of WWII. Where did these records come from? Kept under reference WO417 at the national archives these ‘daily’ reports were made on a 24/48 hour basis and often include information that can’t be sourced anywhere else! Occasionally reports are amended - meaning a record will include a 1st report and a later change with locations & dates, sometimes next of kin are also included. Why is this collection significant? Whilst ‘normal’ for enlisted men, It is however highly unusual to find an officers ‘service number’ in most records, meaning this information alone can help to ‘find’ individual officers elsewhere, even with very common surnames! Most records also contain details of ‘attachments’ to other units, battalion and even company details –these make the movements, location and duties of an individual person much easier to find & understand. What service & period do these records cover? The records are mainly for the British Army, although they do contain troops from elsewhere in the Empire and other parts of the services occasionally also, typically where these men were attached to land based units. This covers the whole of WWII, significant records completed so far are ‘Officers & Nurses 1939-40’ and ‘Other ranks 1942’. The original source & our NEW database. The original files are arranged in date order throughout the 102 separate files, ranging from 1939 until 1947, they are not indexed there other than by date however. Our UK transcription team have put all of the details from each days sheets into a fully indexed database, searchable by individual names, units & service numbers to make finding these fascinating and extremely useful records easy & straightforward.

Records in this collection are likely to include the following:

  • Surname
  • First name(s)
  • service number
  • rank
  • regiment
  • battalion
  • company
  • attached to…. Unit
  • Gallantry awards made
  • casualty type (i.e. POW
  • missing
  • wounded and type/severity of wound etc)
  • dates
  • locations.

Please be aware that due to the way we collate, and cross reference our databases, some records will contain more information than that listed above.

Original Source: National Archives reference WO417

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