cwgc mystery

Discussion in 'War Cemeteries & War Memorial Research' started by TijgerB, Jul 30, 2013.

  1. TijgerB

    TijgerB Member

    Just got the wardiary from 71 Fd Coy King George V's Own Bengal Sappers and Miners for 1945. It states that the following 3 Sappers were killed during the Battle of Sourabaya 29-30/10-1945:

    104647 Haji Ahmad
    22352P Jiwan Khan
    106703 Muhammad Maskin

    BUT if you check cwgc they say they were killed between 1/1-1942 and 31/12-1942. Any suggestions on how that can be?

  2. ramacal

    ramacal 336/102 LAA Regiment (7 Lincolns), RA Patron


    If it gives the actual names of the three Sappers in that war diary, you can send an e-mail to the CWGC with a copy of the war diary as evidence of the correct date of death. Within a month, it should then be amended with the correct information.

    This happens occasionally and may be because insufficient information was available at the time.

    Cheers - Rob
  3. bamboo43

    bamboo43 Very Senior Member

    Could just be a typo for the year......42, when it should be 45. I am not surprised to see the wide range for date of death. As Rob says there probably was a lack of clear detail in this regard. Sadly, I do not think too much effort was made on behalf of the War Office to chase up such details for Indian troops. On Chindit 1 the Gurkha casualties are often rounded up into group dates for KIA's, DOW's and POW's, even when there is written evidence of a soldiers fate or demise in diaries.

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