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British Empire War Casualties

Volume 416: debated on Thursday 29 November 1945

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asked the Prime Minister if he will now state the total casualties suffered by the Armed Forces of the British Commonwealth and Empire from

WAR CASUALTIES.
1.—CASUALTIES TO ALL RANKS OF THE ARMED FORCES OF THE BRITISH COMMONWEALTH AND EMPIRE REPORTED FROM 3RD SEPTEMBER, 1939, TO THE END OF THE War.
(Excluding deaths from natural causes.)
This statement gives the total number of casualties reported up to 14th August, 1945. It includes all men reported prisoners of war and in the case of the Armed Forces of the United Kingdom, New Zealand, South Africa and the Colonies, all men reported missing during the war. A final statement of casualties will be issued when the fate of all those reported missing is determined and when all prisoners of war are repatriated.
United Kingdom (1)CanadaAustralia.New Zealand.South Africa.India.Colonies.Total.
Killed, including died of wounds or injuries244,72337.47623.36510,0336,84024.3386,877353.652
Missing53,0391.8436,0302,1291,84111.75414,20890,844
Wounded277,09053.17439.80319,31414.36364.3546,972475,070
Prisoners of War, including Service internees180,4059.04526,3638,45314.58979,489(2)8,115326,459
Total755,257101,53895.56139,92937.633179.93536,1721,246,025
(1) Including men from overseas serving in these forces, in particular from Newfoundland and Southern Rhodesia.
(2) Including 20,147 officers and other ranks missing but presumed to be prisoners of war.
NOTES.— (a) The figures in the above table exclude (i) civilian casualties due to enemy action, (ii) casualties to merchant seamen and (iii) casualties to members of the Home Guard while on duty.
(b) The figures for missing. (except those for Canada, Australia and India) include those who have rejoined, and the figures for prisoners of war include those who have been repatriated or liberated or have escaped.
II.—CASUALTIES TO MERCHANT SEAMEN REPORTED FROM 3RD SEPTEMBER, 1939 TO THE END OF THE WAR.
Deaths30,189
Missing5,264
Wounded4,402
Internees5,556
Total45,4 11
NOTES.— (a) The figure for deaths includes those who died in internment and those presumed dead in missing ships, but excludes deaths from natural causes.
(b) The figures for deaths, missing and internees include men of all nationalities who served in British registered ships and fishing boats, and British subjects who served on foreign ships requisitioned or chartered by His Majesty's Government during the war.
(c) The figure for internees includes those who have been repatriated or have escaped.

3rd September, 1939, to 14th August, 1945.

Yes, Sir. The following is a tabular statement giving the casualties to all ranks of the Armed Forces of the British Commonwealth and Empire reported from 3rd September, 1939, to 14th August, 1945. This statement also includes casualties suffered by merchant seamen.