The Missing of the First World War

The Missing of the First World War
20200422T1400Z 20200422T1500Z
Wed 22 Apr 2020
1 hour

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‘Known only unto God’ - about a third of the men who died while serving in the British Army during the First World War have no known grave. If they were killed on the Western Front, their bodies may still lie in the mud of France and Belgium. Their sacrifice is recorded on memorials, such as the Menin Gate and Thiepval. Surprisingly, even now the remains of soldiers are discovered in fields in Europe and buried with military honours in one of the war cemeteries. Greater care was taken to recover, where possible, the bodies of those killed in action during the Second World War. When it was impossible, teams of researchers did their best to find out what happened to them.

Using their stories and those of their relations, Simon Fowler explores why they met this fate, how their relations tried to find about their deaths, and what happened to their families after the War. Simon also looks at the resources available, if you want to search for anyone on your family tree that was posted missing in action.

Simon Fowler is a professional researcher specialising in the wars of the twentieth century and central government. His book Cenotaph: the missing men of the First World War will be published by Amberley in the autumn.

22/04/2020 14:00 - 15:00