To mark the 69th anniversary of VE Day in Europe, BBC Scotland has gathered data on the thousands of Scottish men and women who lost their lives during the Second World War. The database provides details on 21,740 Scots killed between 1939 and 1947. In actuality the number of Scots war dead is much larger than that. The BBC Scotland searched the database of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission (http://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead.aspx), but due to discrepancies in the manner of data collection, not all deceased’s next of kin were contacted for information. You can search the database by putting terms in the search field such as surname or regiment. You can also order the question data by clicking on a specific column header. The database is displayed by county, surname, forename, date of death, age, rank, regiment, unit, country and cemetery. I did search with “Jewish sounding names” and did receive “hits” in return. The Scottish deceased World War II dead can be found worldwide--from Albania to Zimbabwe. To search the database go to: http://marcellison.com/bbc/war_dead/war_dead_db/ Access is free and open to all.
Thank you to Scotland’sPeople (www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk) for alerting us to this new online database.
Jan Meisels Allen
Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee