WW2 Civilian death criteria

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

  1. KevinBattle

    KevinBattle Senior Member

    Just thinking aloud, but what if Mr Francis had suffered a stomach wound in WW1 that subsequently claimed his life? Born in 1897, he'd have been of military age from 1915? Plenty of time to have suffered from "enemy action" .....
    In the family, that could have been felt as the actual cause of death, through enemy action in WW1.....
    Last edited: Nov 28, 2019
  2. chrisharley9

    chrisharley9 Senior Member

    CWGC will not accept that a stomach disorder was caused by enemy action without other evidence

  3. KevinBattle

    KevinBattle Senior Member

    Thanks, Chris, I understand that, but just putting an idea as to why the family stated his death was due to enemy action, when to all our current knowledge it was a stomach disorder. Why would they say it, otherwise? Was it just the stone mason putting the same words for both in error?
  4. chrisharley9

    chrisharley9 Senior Member

    Yes I see what you mean now
  5. temptage

    temptage I thought it would only take a few weeks......

    Ive just realised I never did elaborate any further on this OP. This is the cutting from the local newspaper

    Easey, Edward William - story.jpg

    Easey, Edward William.JPG
  6. chrisharley9

    chrisharley9 Senior Member

    Drop me an e mail and we get this one sorted.


    ARPCDHG Member

    'Civilian Deaths Due To War Operations' gets even more confusing with the Home Guard.

    When I was researching my book 'To The Last Round: The Leicestershire and Rutland Home Guard 1940-1945' (Breedon Books, 2007), I found 6 Leicestershire Home Guards were listed on the CWGC database as having died/been killed whilst on duty. However, further research reading through wartime issues of the Leicester Mercury identified another 13 local Home Guards who died whilst on service duty who are not on the CWGC roll. This Home Guard fell into a pit in the blackout whilst on sentry duty during the blackout and was given an official war grave:

    Attached Files:

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  8. chrisharley9

    chrisharley9 Senior Member

    Care to contact me off forum to discuss?

    ARPCDHG Member

    How do you PM on here? I went to your profile but there was no PM button. Do you wnt to PM me?
  10. travers1940

    travers1940 Well-Known Member

    This thread on the forum involves a similar case to the one in wich Edward William Easy was killed. Three children killed as a mortar bomb that had been scavanged from a training ground near Bangor, Wales, was played being dismantled by one of them.
    Maj. Charles Longueville Willding Jones CCTU - map ref help
    All three are on the CWGC Civilian register.
  11. Wesley Wright

    Wesley Wright Member

    During 2nd World War for about 6 months 300,000 American Troops were stationed in Northern Ireland. I know of at least 3 men were killed when in contact with American Trucks/Jeeps--should they be on Civilian War Dead?? + one Nurse knocked down by American Jeep in London.
    Wesley Wright
  12. CL1

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

    Hello Wesley if you could put their names up I am sure forum members could assist further

  13. chrisharley9

    chrisharley9 Senior Member

    Sorry, but accidents with normal road vehicles are not eligible for CWD status. The accident must involve a weapon of war.

  14. Harry Ree

    Harry Ree Very Senior Member

    Just a point regarding service deaths not involving enemy action.

    I am aware of this airman,who was killed when returning to Hemswell from his Scunthorpe home. His motor bike hit a stationary unlit car in the blackout on a road adjacent to the airfield.(Middle Street,the B 1398 which runs on the Lincolnshire Ridge from Lincoln to Scunthorpe)

    At the inquest it transpired that the car was parked up with a RAF Sergeant and WAAF consorting in the car.The Sergeant was severely criticised by LAC Douglas's father at the inquest for parking up in this manner.

    LAC Douglas is remembered by the CWGC.

    Casualty Details | CWGC
  15. jonheyworth

    jonheyworth Senior Member

    Chris Harley is the guru of all things related to this sort of thing , but this one I can help with . If you were in the RAF September 3rd 1939 to December 31st 1947 and died , be it from enemy action or by suicide you are eligible for commemoration .
    If you are a civilian killed in a “ normal “ accident not due to war causes , then you’re not , even if it’s caused by an RAF truck .
    Chris has rejected many of my proposals but for example he is considering a 1946 one where two lads were killed tampering with a blind 2 inch mortar bomb they’d found , if they’d been run over by the bomb disposal Truck en route to the same mortar bomb they’d be ineligible , if the RE, RAF or RN bomb disposal guy driving the truck suffered a heart attack climbing out of it , he’d be eligible
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  16. CL1

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

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  17. Ruth Peasgood

    Ruth Peasgood Member


    I'm currently putting together an article exploring WW2 Rutland for the forthcoming Autumn/Winter edition of Discover Rutland (Visitor Guide). While researching for this article, I stumbled across many mentions of your book - To The Last Round: The Leicestershire and Rutland Home Guard 1940-1945 (Breedon Books, 2007).

    If possible, I'd love to be able to show our readers a photo of the front cover of your book. It would also be great to mention a few of the stories, to encourage them to delve a little deeper into this aspect of Rutland's history and heritage.

    Our first 'Vale of Valour' feature explored Rutland's contribution to the First World War - but as I'm sure you can imagine, we really only scratched the very surface of the tales that are to be told. I've pasted a screenshot below:


    In my next Vale of Valour feature, I'd love to be able to whet our readers' appetite with stories of the following:
    • Rutland’s heroes - at home and abroad
    • Rutland Home Guard
    • Land Girls & Digging for Victory in Rutland
    • Dambusters connection to Eyebrook Reservoir (Guy Gibson's No. 617 Squadron)
    • The American 82nd Airborne Division
    • PoW Camps
    • Evacuees in Rutland

    If you have any high resolution photographs or information that you'd be happy for me to use in the next feature, I would really appreciate it. I would also acknowledge your contribution of course!

    Kind regards,


    ARPCDHG Member

    Hi Ruth,
    Yes, of course - I'll look into this tomorrow and message you.
    Kind regards,
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  19. Ruth Peasgood

    Ruth Peasgood Member

    Thanks very much Austin - much appreciated!

    My copy deadline is looming large on the horizon (next week) - but I've got plenty to keep me busy for the next few days (I just don't want to waste anyone's time!).

    Full disclosure - I'm a freelance copywriter, so I don't have final editorial control of the publication. Experience has shown me that a good high resolution photo helps keep things from landing on the proverbial 'cutting room floor'!

    For anyone interested in reading the article when it's finished, hard copies of Discover Rutland are free of charge when you pick them up from Tourist Information Centres, accommodation and leisure attractions throughout Rutland - digital copies are available online via Calameo.

    Have a good day,


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