Explaining meaning of army wording in Casualty lists

Discussion in 'Prisoners of War' started by Janwalk, Jul 31, 2018.

  1. Janwalk

    Janwalk Member

    can someone explain to me what the word casualty actually means in the following info about my Dad.
    To me casualty means injured.
    Now the second part in 1943 I know he was repatriated due to a burst ulcer but he never mentioned any other injury.
    So does casually actually mean injured or just captured ?

    WO 417/19 British Army Casualty List No 339 dated 17 Oct 1940
    Reported POW

    WO 417/68 British Army Casualty List No 1285 dated 8 Nov 1943
    Previously reported POW in German hands now repatriated
  2. Tullybrone

    Tullybrone Senior Member


    The official casualty lists contained details of various occurrences related to U.K. service personnel - not just “casualties” ie injured, wounded.

    It reports personnel Missing In Action, POW, No Longer POW, Died, Accidentally killed etc.

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  3. dbf

    dbf Moderatrix MOD

    The term casualty relates to (e.g. non-disciplinary) means by which a Unit was deprived of the 'use' of a man as in: POW, Missing, Wounded, Battle Accident, Illness, Killed, Died of Wounds, Died (on active service) and all points in between.
    The War Office changed some criteria periodically during the war but essentially that's what the lists cover.

    So, the first entry (Reported POW) does not refer to any injury. As for the second entry (Now Repatriated), no reason would have been supplied as to repatriation on official lists, so I'd go with what you were told by your Dad.

    Good luck with your research.
  4. Janwalk

    Janwalk Member

    ok thanks
  5. Janwalk

    Janwalk Member

    Ok thanks, it's not just what my Dad says I also have official info in his war book and from newspaper articles saying he was repatriated due to ill health.
    He was one of those POWs who were exchanged for enemy POWs under an agreement
  6. dbf

    dbf Moderatrix MOD

    I don't doubt you would have other sources - it was the norm to be repatriated for something that'd be incapacitating in some manner - it's just particulars of illnesses, injuries etc are not given on casualty lists. That's why I said: "go with what you were told by your Dad." i.e. burst ulcer.
    Nothing was intended as a criticism, just as clarification.
  7. Tony56

    Tony56 Member Patron

  8. Janwalk

    Janwalk Member

    Didn't think you were, I was just being clear too

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