This collection is drawn up from the War Office’s lists of casualties. These were the official reports of British and Commonwealth soldiers who had either died, been wounded, taken as a Prisoner of War or had been classified as missing.
N.B. Soldiers who were killed are to be found in the ‘Soldiers Died in the Great War 1914-1919’ collection and not in here.
During the First World War the British war effort required an incredible amount of man power – with over 8,500,000 million serving at some point during the conflict – and whilst this figure is inflated by colonial contributions – numerically it means almost a fifth of the UK population served. The official Medical Services statistics report 2,272,998 men wounded so there was little over a 1 in 3 chance that a man was wounded! (Although the 2 million does include men who were injured multiple times so that statistic will be misleading).
The proportion of the country serving meant that everyone will have known several people fighting, and due to the great numbers of casualties often the quickest to find out the fate of friends was to read these lists. This led to several national newspapers, including the Times and the Daily Telegraph publishing the lists as well as many local papers. Given the fate of many of the First World War Service records this will be the only surviving record for many of these men. Furthermore if a man was listed as wounded in this record then you can infer that he was eligible to wear a wound stripe on his uniform.
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: War Office