Entries relating to the Cenotaph Database include:
A Column to include known aliases, nicknames and variations to both Christian and surnames – Column I
* service personnel who were killed or who otherwise died while on active service in World War II.
Additional details relating to those who never returned from the war are to be found in Columns R to X of the spreadsheet. The relevant titles are as follows:
1. Where killed or otherwise died on active service
2. Cemetery Name
3. Grave/Memorial Reference
4. Last Rank Held
5. Date of Birth
6. Date of death (Highlighted in yellow)
7. Age at death (Highlighted in yellow)
Please note my comment concerning Age at Death, here.
Further information to be found in Column AC, the ‘Details Column’ may also come from the Database, as well as from other sources.
Clarification on some entries:
Column R: West Des. stands for Western Desert.
Note: Other local memorials may also be listed on the Database.
Column U: Last known rank at date of death.
Column AC: Important: Any added notes, e.g. whether died of wounds, whether died as a POW, whether accidentally drowned, spouse and/or parents details, etc. The words ‘who also fell’ are a little loose in that they refer to any servicemen who did not return; not just those killed in action.
Unless otherwise stated, likely cause of death is ‘killed in action.’
As regards:* service personnel who returned from WW II or from service with J-Force. Note: At this point in time most, if not all of the information extracted from the rolls and some other sources, e.g. POW rolls, has been entered. As more and more relatives and friends come to learn that records exist for these people we will likely see a lot more information being uploaded by them.
With regards these veterans some additional information gleaned from the Database may be found in Columns V to Column AC, along with a plethora of data from Cemetery Databases and the New Zealand BMD Birth and Death Records.
Clarification on some entries:
Column W – in a couple of instances, details have been lacking as to month and year of death, but fortunately this information is available for most entries. Where necessary a note has been recorded in Column AC.
Column AA – where the actual plot number is known this is mentioned, otherwise just the cemetery name is shown. A cemetery description does not necessarily suggest that the deceased is buried there or that ashes are interred there. It may be that a cremation only took place.
Column AC – absolutely important – always check what may be added here. This may include the likes of family and marital details, any gallantry medals awarded or special awards (not including war service medals), details of place of death, details of month and year of death, details of any name variation from that shown on the Nominal Rolls, whether a Prisoner of War (POW), possible variations in dates of birth and dates of death from those shown in the BMD Indexes or cemetery databases, (although not necessarily correct), incongruities, any subsequent service pre or post war, (regular army and territorials) and any other special notes, e.g. ex the Maori Battalion website, etc.
The notation .. ‘brother of … who also fell’ is loose and refers to a sibling who did not return from the war, not just one who may have fallen in combat.
Note: A subsequent check of the birth and death indexes occasionally threw up dates and ages different from those shown on the Cenotaph database. Where necessary I have therefore corrected these.
Don’t forget to follow through when you can. Remember .. check out the Cenotaph Database and/or the Commonwealth War Graves Commission websites to follow through with your search and don’t forget the Maori Battalion website.
Abbreviations used in Column AC:
ARRC, Associate Royal Red Cross, BEM, British Empire Medal, CBE, Commander of the British Empire, DSO, Distinguished Service Order, ED, Efficiency Decoration, EM, Efficiency Medal, MBE, Member of the British Empire, MC, Military Cross, MID, Mentioned in Despatches, MM, Military Medal, NZDSM, New Zealand Defence Service Medal, OBE, Order of the British Empire, POW, prisoner of war, QSM, Queen’s Service Medal, QSO, Queen’s Service Order.