"The records of almost 600,000 Second World War casualties commemorated by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC) will be made available to the public for the first time to coincide with the 70th anniversary of VJ Day."
"Andrew Fetherston, the CWGC's Archivist and Records Manager, said: "The release of our Second World War archive online opens a new avenue for members of the public to investigate and remember the individuals we commemorate." "
(Source: Update link here http://www.cwgc.org/news-events/news/2015/8/commonwealth-war-graves-commission-launches-new-online-resources-to-commemorate-vj-day.aspx)
|The CWGC webpage for Leo J. Broderick|
Leo Joseph Martin Broderick (1919-1943)
I have written previously about my first cousin (2x removed) - RCAF Warrant Officer (Bomb Aimer) Leo Joseph Martin Broderick who was born December 22, 1919 and died on 06 September 1943 at the young age of 24. Leo was reported as missing following air operations over Germany during WWII.
|RCAF Leo Joseph Martin Broderick 1919-1943|
Links to my previous posts:
- Finding Leo Joseph Martin Broderick's (1919-1943) service file at the archives
- March 24th - Turning of the Page: Leo Joseph Martin Broderick (1919-1943)
|The documents I researched at Library and Archives Canada|
Grave Registration (GRRs)
In grave registration there were two documents for Leo Broderick:
These record details of individuals who were originally buried in smaller or isolated cemeteries, but who, at a later date, were exhumed and reburied in war cemeteries. The concentration of cemeteries allowed otherwise unmaintainable graves to be moved into established war grave cemeteries where the Commission could ensure proper commemoration.
For the grave concentration reports there were also two for Leo Broderick. The first one (290) had been sent to me in November 2014 by the CWGC-Canada . It shows that the three who died in the crash (1943) were reburied later at Durnbach September 13, 1947
|Document 290 which had been procided to me through CWGC Canada|
I am not sure who decided what would be inscribed? Some are quite personal. Leo's says simply "R.I.P."
|Inscription on Leo's headstone|