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Cumberland News WWII Records

This is the third instalment in Sue Yardley and Sue Gallagher’s transcription of their local newspapers. It required them to spend nearly two years going through the archived editions of the Cumberland News to create this database of almost 4,000 names.

It is a particularly detailed source, with up to 16 fields of information on the record – including the exact location in the paper of the mention in the paper (as well as whether or not there is a portrait of the man). There can be several mentions of the same men – which can represent an eventful war for the individual – or can show the distressing way information was often misreported or initially vague and only confirmed or corrected later on, the most common of this is when someone was reported missing before this being updated to either killed or prisoner of war – these records show that often more than a week passed between these mentions.

As these are Second World War records much of this information is not yet widely available as their service records are still being held by the Ministry of Defence.

Records in this collection are likely to include the following:

  • Surname
  • First name
  • Rank
  • Age
  • Regiment or Corps
  • Battalion
  • Any Attachments or Transfers between units
  • Branch of Service
  • Regimental Number
  • Resided Town
  • Fate
  • Gallantry Awards if applicable
  • Reason for appearing in the paper
  • Date of appearance in the paper
  • Page and column which they appeared
  • Duty Location

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: Transcribed from the Cumberland News archives.
The archives of the Cumberland News are currently held at Carlisle Library.

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