WW2 Civilian death criteria

Discussion in 'Non-Commemorated War Dead' started by temptage, Dec 5, 2017.

  1. temptage

    temptage Who said this would be easy?

    Do all civilian deaths that are in the CWGC database have to have been killed by 'enemy action' or can they have been killed accidentally in the defense of the Country?

    The reason I ask is I found a 1942 newspaper story of 2 young boys who wandered into a minefield defending a local village and one was killed outright and the other severely injured.
     
  2. Tricky Dicky

    Tricky Dicky Don'tre member

    Temptage

    Quickly copying the info from Ancestry

    “These volumes contain the Roll of Honour of those civilians, citizens of the Commonwealth and Empire, who were killed in the United Kingdom by enemy action during the 1939–1945 War, while engaged in household or in business activities, or at their posts as members of the Civil Defence Services. Their graves are scattered throughout the country.”

    While most of these records are for the United Kingdom, they do include civilian deaths from around the world, including many lost at sea.

    If I find more ...........................

    TD

    Added:
    It also states:
    ......................civilians in the British Commonwealth and Empire who died during World War II and are commemorated on Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC) memorials or buried in CWGC cemeteries.

    So I would guess the criteria was set by CWGC??
     
  3. Harry Ree

    Harry Ree Very Senior Member

    All WW2 war related civilian deaths should be within the CWGC database which,if researched may reveal a wide scope of death causations.

    From this, I would think that the deaths of the two boys should be recorded within the CWGC database.
     
  4. CL1

    CL1 116th LAA and 92nd (Loyals) LAA,Royal Artillery Patron

    Drop Chris Harley a line he has managed to get a number listed on CWGC
    killed by accident will fit
    example from one of Chris successes

    "The two boys were killed when they handled a mortar bomb"
     
  5. Harry Ree

    Harry Ree Very Senior Member

    In the CWGC database should also be the Grimsby civilians who inadvertently were victims of the aircraft dropped anti personnel weapons such as the butterfly bombs.
     
  6. chrisharley9

    chrisharley9 Senior Member

    Basic answer - all civilians who died due to enemy action. Those civilians who died as the result of military accidents although we would have to look at each on a case by case basis.
     
  7. ChrisR

    ChrisR Senior Member

    I came across this record of a Mrs Hogg of 162 Manor Road, Mitcham, killed 12 April 1942. I guess you could say her death was as an indirect result of enemy action. Not on the CWGC that I could see.
    [​IMG]
     
  8. CL1

    CL1 116th LAA and 92nd (Loyals) LAA,Royal Artillery Patron

    Killed by a souvenir accidentally thrown on the fire with the coal.
    might be worth dropping Chris Harley a line

    regards
    Clive
     
  9. chrisharley9

    chrisharley9 Senior Member

    I would say this would be a high possibility for CWGC commemoration. Would you be able to supply a copy of the document along with the details of where it was obtained from. We at IFCP would then be happy to submit this case in your name. Sorry about late reply, but the day job & family have been taking up all my time.

    Chris
     
  10. Nick Cooper

    Nick Cooper Junior Member

    I found some very odd actual inclusions on the CWGC Register while researching my Hull book. What appeared to be the last civilian casualty - injured in November 1941, died November 1946 - turned out to have actually committed suicide.

    Also a couple of ARP personnel who died in training accidents, but the strangest was a Fire Guard who accidentally rode his bike into a dock while on his way home, was pulled out and survived for six months, before being admitted to hospital and dying from pneumonia-related toxaemia.
     

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