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    Default Question of India & Far East WW2 early deaths

    Hello,
    I had not given it a thought until now, but why are there no deaths recorded in the CWGC for India or Far East in the early years of WW2 .
    Earliest I could find were a few in 1941.
    So what of those from September 1939 , to 1941 assuming there were deaths over there during that time, so why aren't they included in the CWGC lists ?
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    Default Re: Question of India & Far East WW2 early deaths

    Alex, Perhaps there was considered to be no armed conflict in India or the Far East until after 7 Dec 41?
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    Default Re: Question of India & Far East WW2 early deaths

    There were deaths but they were very few. Try looking up Pakistan..

    eg http://www.rafcommands.com/database/...cntry=Pakistan

    If you mean deaths from Indian Air Force were not recorded.. they were a handful as well

    http://www.rafcommands.com/database/...C&qcntry=India

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    Default Re: Question of India & Far East WW2 early deaths

    Many thanks for the replies. I just thought there would have been more "none combat" deaths than in Europe, what with All the tropical deseas's and dangers and such that they must have had to deal with out there.

    I accept Terry's point about it seemingly a non combat zone, however we were at war so I would have expected the death of a service man or woman to have been covered by the CWGC wherever they were .
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    Last edited by Alex Smart; 14th November 2022 at 22:58.

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    Default Re: Question of India & Far East WW2 early deaths

    A New Zealander, Hugh Bethune, took a Short service Commission in the RAF pre World War 2. He was killed in an air accident off the coast of Malaya in 1938 while serving with 100 Sqn. Some years ago I contacted MODUK to ask where such were remembered, to be told that there was no memorial for those killed in the inter-war period.
    Regards, Terry

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    Default Re: Question of India & Far East WW2 early deaths

    21st June 1938

    Vildebeest II K6372, 100 Sqn, Seletar
    Crashed into sea at night (presumed collision), 10m SW of Cape Rachado, Malaya
    Fg Off (Act Flt Lt) Richard Clive Meares illed
    Plt Off Hugh Angus Bethune killed (New Zealander)
    LAC Hugh Thomas killed #518002


    Vildebeest II K2918, 100 Sqn, Seletar
    Crashed into sea at night (presumed collision), 10m SW of Cape Rachado, Malaya
    Fg Off George Leslie Arthur Cooper killed
    LAC William Stanley Lawrence killed #517804
    AC1 George Leonard Walters killed #566353

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    Default Re: Question of India & Far East WW2 early deaths

    Bethune had a collision a few months earlier in K2941 on 18th May 1938 but landed back ok at aerodrome of the other aircraft K2942, 1 parachuted and 2 were killed
    Cpl Leonard Francis Stone (27) killed #565853
    AC1 William John Ashton (21) killed #561216
    Fg Off Frank Howard Roberts rescued - Parachute Descent according to ORB

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    Default Re: Question of India & Far East WW2 early deaths

    An almost trivial note, but Vildebeest K6372 was a mark III.

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