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Armed Forces: Fatalities

Volume 715: debated on Wednesday 9 December 2009

Questions

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To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Baroness Taylor of Bolton on 12 November (WA 184–5), whether the 655 deaths in Northern Ireland includes those in the Ulster Defence Regiment and the Royal Irish Rifles; whether it includes those who died in accidents or abroad; and why it differs from a 2005 Ministry of Defence figure of 763 service deaths. [HL313]

The 655 deaths in Northern Ireland is sourced by the Northern Ireland Police Service and includes any deaths that occurred to either Ulster Defence Regiment personnel or Royal Irish Rifles personnel. The figure is only for those that died as a result of terrorist action and for those that died in Northern Ireland.

The figure of 763 deaths reported to have occurred in Northern Ireland is not an official MoD figure. This figure was derived from a list compiled by the Daily Telegraph and published in the book Lost lives: The story of the men, women and children who died as a result of the Northern Ireland troubles (Edited by D McKittrick, S Kelters, B Feeney, C Thornton, published 1999 Trafalgar Square, ISBN: 184018227X).

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To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Baroness Taylor of Bolton on 12 November (WA 184–5), how many British military fatalities there were in the Republic of Ireland from 1919 to 1922; how many there were in Iraq during the British Mandate of Mesopotamia; and whether the names of those killed are held by the Ministry of Defence. [HL314]

The information regarding the number of British military fatalities in the Republic of Ireland during 1919 to 1922 and Iraq during the British Mandate of Mesopotamia 1920 to 1932 could be provided only at disproportionate cost.

Although details about UK service personnel who died during the period 1919 to 31 August 1921, the date of the official cessation of World War I following an Order in Council under the Termination of the Present War (Definition) Act which declared the war ended, are held by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, they do not indicate where the individual died. The names for those who died after 31 August 1921 and the end of the British Mandate of Mesopotamia in 1932 are not held centrally and could be provided only at disproportionate cost.