Casualty Lists: what does D.N.R. stand for?

Discussion in 'Service Records' started by GreenTree, Dec 21, 2016.

  1. GreenTree

    GreenTree Active Member

    My uncle Alfie was with the 1st Devonshires and wounded on 18th April 1944 in the five month battle around the Imphal plain between Burma and India. There are seven other Devonshires listed. Five show the date of 18th April 1944 and two say D.N.R. I can't find it listed in lists of Army abbreviations. Would it simply be Date Not Received? ie. the person drawing up the casualty list was only told that the man was a casualty? Many thanks for any help.

  2. Peter Clare

    Peter Clare Very Senior Member

    A possibility - Do Not Resuscitate.
  3. dbf

    dbf Moderatrix MOD

    date not recorded?
  4. ploughman

    ploughman Junior Member

    Did not recover?
  5. RCG

    RCG Senior Member, Deceased

    Do Not Resuscitate. that is a much later abbreviation.
    Did not recover. then it would be D. O. W.
    Date not recorded. Very close.

    I suspect a badly written K.
    Then it would be
    Date Not Known. which is the most common abbreviation used on other records.
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  6. dbf

    dbf Moderatrix MOD

    Yep, def a more commonly used abbreviation in that context.
  7. AB64

    AB64 Senior Member

    I've seen it a few times and definitely as DNR rather than DNK and have taken it as Date Not Reported/Recorded - whatever the actual words are the meaning seems to be basically that kind of thing.

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  8. AB64

    AB64 Senior Member

    I've had a look at a few of the ones I have downloaded and this example has the entry as "date not reported" - one of these is Private Cross, I have his paybook hence my interest in this page.


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  9. RCG

    RCG Senior Member, Deceased

    Thanks for that Allister.

    It would appear that D.N.R. Date not recorded would be the official term, and D.N.K. an unofficial one.

    Interesting that the two 2 bn Royal Norfolk’s listed missing.

    5770633 Griffen. J. E. Pte . Possibly survived the war as not listed killed or POW.

    5772978 Gunton. A. G. Pte . POW 577. Stalag XX-A Torun Poland.

    These two members of 2 bn Royal Norfolk’s died in the same period.

    5772972 Chandler. A. R. Pte. 10/5/40 to 19/6/40.

    5773186 Craske. F.E.J. 26/5/40

    Both on Dunkirk Memorial.
  10. bamboo43

    bamboo43 Very Senior Member

    Here is a part-copy of the 13th King's MIA listing for 1943:

    DNR is used under the heading 'Date Missing'.

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  11. KevinBattle

    KevinBattle Senior Member

    Sorry, RCG, but
    GRIFFIN, JAMES EDMUND. Rank: Lance Corporal. Service No: 5770633. Date of Death: Between 10/05/1940 and 23/06/1940. Age: 27. Regiment/Service: Royal Norfolk Regiment 2nd Bn.
    Panel Reference: Column 43. Memorial: DUNKIRK MEMORIAL.
    Additional Information: Son of Edward and Estella Griffin, of King's Lynn, Norfolk.
    (CWGC also searchable by Service Number)
    Obviously the different spelling made it impossible to find, but the family spelt their surname differently to the Army!
  12. RCG

    RCG Senior Member, Deceased

    Thanks Kevin.
    It was me getting my I s and e s mixed up.
    And I've not been at the xmas drink yet.
  13. Puttenham

    Puttenham Well-Known Member

    Also D.N.B., Died Non-Battle.

  14. Ernyruff

    Ernyruff Member

    Definitely Date not reported

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