Commonwealth War Graves Commission Debt of Honour Register


When the Imperial War Graves Commission was established by Royal Charter in 1917 it was unique in two respects.  It was the only organisation to be charged with the commemoration of all the war dead, both military and civilian, from the member countries and it was, until the creation of the Commonwealth Secretariat in 1965, the only permanent Commonwealth institution reflecting a common aim shared by an equal partnership of nations.

1,700,000 men and women of the Commonwealth forces died in the two World Wars.  Of these the remains of 925,000 were found and their graves are marked by a headstone.  Where the remains were not found the casualty’s name is commemorated on a memorial.  There are war graves in some 150 different countries; mostly in the 2,500m war cemeteries and plots constructed by the Commission.

There are also graves in many civil cemeteries and churchyards throughout the world.  The Commission employs craftsmen to maintain the grounds of its cemeteries and memorials and embellishes its site with monuments to give the casualties fitting and peaceful commemoration.

The cost of the work of the Commission is shared by those partner governments of nations which raised independent forces in the 1914-18 and 1939-45 wars, in proportions based on the number of their graves.  Other Commonwealth nations contribute to the work of the Commission by maintaining graves in their own country.

The partner governments and the proportion they contribute towards the cost of the Commission’s work are:  Australia (5.91%), Canada (9.88%), India (2.23%), New Zealand (2.10%), South Africa (2.07%) and the United Kingdom (77.81%).  Newfoundland, which was a founding member of the Commission, ceased to have separate status from 1949 when it elected to join Canada.


All Forces Commemorated

1914-18 War

1939-45 War

Both Wars

Identified
Burials

Commemorated
on Memorials

Identified
Burials

Commemorated
on Memorials

Identified
Burials

Commemorated
on Memorials

587,385

528,300

347,410

231,893

934,795

760,193

Total commemorated by the Commission: 1,694,988

This together with 208,848 burials (185,369 from the First World War and 23,479 from the Second World War) brings the totals to 1,143,643.

Of the many civilians of the Commonwealth whose deaths were due to enemy action in the 1939-45 War, the names of 66,383 are commemorated in the Civilian War Dead Roll of Honour, located near St George’s Chapel in Westminster Abbey, London.

THEIR NAME LIVETH FOR EVERMORE
DEBT OF HONOUR REGISTER

This Register provides personal and service details and places of commemoration for the 1.7 million members of the Commonwealth forces who died in the First or Second World Wars.  (A record of some 60,000 civilian casualties of the Second World War is provided without details of burial location.)

The cemeteries and memorials where these names are commemorated, in pertetuity, are located in around 150 countries.  This database makes it possible to identify the exact location, by cemetery plot or memorial panel, where any given name is commemorated.

Forces of Australia Commemorated

1914-18 War

1939-45 War

Both Wars

Identified
Burials

Commemorated
on Memorials

Identified
Burials

Commemorated
on Memorials

Identified
Burials

Commemorated
on Memorials

38,499

23,318

28,316

12,149

66,815

35,467

Total commemorated by the Commission: 102,282

 

Forces of Canada Commemorated

1914-18 War

1939-45 War

Both Wars

Identified
Burials

Commemorated
on Memorials

Identified
Burials

Commemorated
on Memorials

Identified
Burials

Commemorated
on Memorials

45,192

19,650

37,318

8,032

82,510

27,682

Total commemorated by the Commission: 110,192

Also see Canada’s ‘Books of Rememberance’


Forces of Undivided India Commemorated

1914-18 War

1939-45 War

Both Wars

Identified
Burials

Commemorated
on Memorials

Identified
Burials

Commemorated
on Memorials

Identified
Burials

Commemorated
on Memorials

7,762

66,407

18,215

68,693

25,977

135,100

Total commemorated by the Commission: 161,077

No listings for this country.

 

Forces of New Zealand Commemorated

1914-18 War

1939-45 War

Both Wars

Identified
Burials

Commemorated
on Memorials

Identified
Burials

Commemorated
on Memorials

Identified
Burials

Commemorated
on Memorials

11,751

6,290

9,033

2,893

20,784

9,183

Total commemorated by the Commission: 29,967

 

Forces of South Africa Commemorated

1914-18 War

1939-45 War

Both Wars

Identified
Burials

Commemorated
on Memorials

Identified
Burials

Commemorated
on Memorials

Identified
Burials

Commemorated
on Memorials

6,673

2,861

10,052

1,925

16,725

4,786

Total commemorated by the Commission: 21,511

Forces of the United Kingdom and Former Colonies Commemorated

1914-18 War

1939-45 War

Both Wars

Identified
Burials

Commemorated
on Memorials

Identified
Burials

Commemorated
on Memorials

Identified
Burials

Commemorated
on Memorials

477,508

409,774

244,476

138,201

721,984

547,975

Total commemorated by the Commission: 1,269,959


COMMONWEALTH WAR GRAVES COMMISSION

First World War (1914-1922)

Australia

Name

Rank

Regiment

Date of Death

CORRIGAN, A G Private Australian Infantry, A.I.F 3rd May 1917
CORRIGAN, J Gunner Australian Heavy Artillery 13th Nov 1917
CORRIGAN, J Private Australian Infantry, A.I.F 9th Aug 1916
CORRIGAN, J G Private Australian Infantry, A.I.F 24th Jul 1916
CORRIGAN, J H Private Australian Infantry, A.I.F 20th May 1917
CORRIGAN, L J Second Lieutenant Australian Infantry, A.I.F 20th Sep 1917
CORRIGAN, L J Driver Australian Light Horse 24th Oct 1918
CORRIGAN, R Driver Australian Army Service Corps 30th Aug 1918
CORRIGAN, W H Lance Corporal Australian Infantry, A.I.F 8th Aug 1918

Canada

Name

Rank

Regiment

Date of Death

CORRIGAN, A V E Lance Corporal Canadian Infantry (British Columbia Regt.) 27th Mar 1917
CORRIGAN, E B Private Canadian Infantry (New Brunswick Regt.) 22nd Mar 1917
CORRIGAN, H Private Canadian Infantry (British Columbia Regt.) 25th Oct 1916
CORRIGAN, H D Sergeant Canadian Infantry (Saskatchewan Regt.) 25th Oct 1917
CORRIGAN, J Gunner Canadian Field Artillery 25th Feb 1919
CORRIGAN, J Private Canadian Infantry (Eastern Ontario Regt.) 14th Sep 1916
CORRIGAN, R Private Canadian Infantry (Central Ontario Regt.) 10th Aug 1918

 

India – No names listed

 

New Zealand

Name

Rank

Regiment

Date of Death

CORRIGAN, F W Private Canterbury Regiment, N.Z.E.F. 10th Sep 1918
CORRIGAN, M Private Auckland Regiment, N.Z.E.F. 30th Mar 1918

 

South Africa – No names liested

 

United Kingdom

Name

Rank

Regiment

Date of Death

CORRIGAN, A Private Royal Scots Fusiliers 18th Oct 1914
CORRIGAN, A Private South Irish Horse 19th Jun 1917
CORRIGAN, A E Private The Queen’s (Royal West Surrey Regt.) 9th Aug 1915
CORRIGAN, B Rifleman South Lancashire Regiment 4th Dec 1917
CORRIGAN, B Corporal Machine Gun Corps 2nd Mar 1917
CORRIGAN, C Private Manchester Regiment 20th May 1916
CORRIGAN, C Private South Lancashire Regiment 3rd Aug 1915
CORRIGAN, C L Private Manchester Regiment 10th Oct 1918
CORRIGAN, D Gunner Royal Garrison Artillery 15th Jun 1918
CORRIGAN, E Rifleman Royal Irish Rifles 16th Aug 1917
CORRIGAN, E Private South Lancashire Regiment 31st Oct 1918
CORRIGAN, E G Corporal Leicestershire Regiment 13th Oct 1915
CORRIGAN, F Private The King’s (Liverpool Regiment) 27th Sep 1918
CORRIGAN, F S Lieutenant The King’s (Liverpool Regiment) 31st Aug 1918
CORRIGAN, G Private Grenadier Guards 27th Sep 1915
CORRIGAN, G Rifleman Royal Irish Rifles 9th May 1915
CORRIGAN, G E Rifleman London Regt (Queen Victoria’s Rifles) 3rd May 1917
CORRIGAN, G H S Private South Irish Horse 21st Mar 1917
CORRIGAN, H Private Duke of Wellington’s (West Riding Regt.) 27th Sep 1917
CORRIGAN, I Private Royal Scots 23rd Apr 1917
CORRIGAN, J Company Sergeant Major Cameron Highlanders 1st Oct 1918
CORRIGAN, J Private South Lancashire Regiment 2nd Jul 1918
CORRIGAN, J Private Scottish Horse 6th Jan 1919
CORRIGAN, J Private Royal Scots Fusiliers 8th Nov 1917
CORRIGAN, J Private Royal Scots 22nd Oct 1914
CORRIGAN, J Private Royal Scots 29th Oct 1918
CORRIGAN, J Private Royal Scots 10th Oct 1918
CORRIGAN, J Private Royal Scots 23rd Aug 1916
CORRIGAN, J Private Northumberland Fusiliers 1st Jul 1916
CORRIGAN, J Private Northumberland Fusiliers 25th Sep 1916
CORRIGAN, J Regimental Sergeant Major King’s Own (Royal Lancaster Regt.) 14th Mar 1920
CORRIGAN, J Lance Sergeant Royal Irish Regiment 4th Dec 1918
CORRIGAN, J Gunner Royal Garrison Artillery 2nd Sep 1915
CORRIGAN, J Corporal Royal Engineers 20th Aug 1917
CORRIGAN, J Lance Corporal Royal Dublin Fusiliers 9th Sep 1916
CORRIGAN, J Private Royal Dublin Fusiliers 12th Jul 1915
CORRIGAN, J Private Royal Dublin Fusiliers 26th Apr 1915
CORRIGAN, J Private 2nd Class Royal Air Force 10th Oct 1918
CORRIGAN, J Private King’s Own Scottish Borderers 19th Apr 1917
CORRIGAN, J Lance Sergeant King’s Own Scottish Borderers 9th Apr 1917
CORRIGAN, J Private The King’s (Liverpool Regiment) 30th Nov 1917
CORRIGAN, J Sergeant Irish Guards 15th Sep 1916
CORRIGAN, J Private Guards Machine Gun Regiment 6th Aug 1918
CORRIGAN, J Private Gordon Highlanders 17th Sep 1918
CORRIGAN, J Private Cheshire Regiment 16th Nov 1914
CORRIGAN, J Private Cheshire Regiment 28th Jan 1918
CORRIGAN, J Private Cameron Highlanders 14th Sep 1914
CORRIGAN, J Private Cameron Highlanders 24th Nov 1915
CORRIGAN, J Private Cameron Highlanders 28th Jun 1916
CORRIGAN, J E Private Middlesex Regiment 7th Sep 1918
CORRIGAN, J G Private Northumberland Fusiliers 1st Jul 1916
CORRIGAN, J J Private Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers 8th May 1916
CORRIGAN, J T Private Grenadier Guards 14th Sep 1916
CORRIGAN, M Private East Yorkshire Regiment 26th Sep 1916
CORRIGAN, M Rifleman South Lancashire Regiment 9th Sep 1916
CORRIGAN, M Stoker 1st Class Royal Navy 7th Jul 1917
CORRIGAN, M Private Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers 16th Aug 1917
CORRIGAN, M Private Manchester Regiment 4th Oct 1918
CORRIGAN, M Sergeant The Loyal North Lancashire Regiment 7th Jul 1916
CORRIGAN, M Lance Sergeant Lancashire Fusiliers 18th Jun 1915
CORRIGAN, M Private Durham Light Infantry 28th Aug 1916
CORRIGAN, O Rifleman Royal Irish Rifles 27th Apr 1916
CORRIGAN, P Private Lancashire Fusiliers 26th Sep 1916
CORRIGAN, P Private Royal Scots 9th Apr 1917
CORRIGAN, P Stoker 1st Class Royal Navy 9th Jul 1917
CORRIGAN, P Private Royal Marine Light Infantry 17th Nov 1918
CORRIGAN, P Private Royal Irish Regiment 21st Nov 1918
CORRIGAN, P Private Royal Irish Fusiliers 25th Apr 1915
CORRIGAN, P Lance Corporal Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers 22nd May 1915
CORRIGAN, P Greaser Mercantile Marine 5th Apr 1916
CORRIGAN, P Private Leinster Regiment 21st Oct 1918
CORRIGAN, P Guardsman Irish Guards 26th May 1918
CORRIGAN, P Private Black Watch (Royal Highlanders) 23rd Aug 1917
CORRIGAN, P Private Army Service Corps 19th Nov 1917
CORRIGAN, T Private Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders 10th Dec 1916
CORRIGAN, T Sergeant Northumberland Fusiliers 3rd Jun 1919
CORRIGAN, T Stoker 1st Class Royal Navy 31st May 1916
CORRIGAN, T Able Seaman Mercantile Marine 26th May 1915
CORRIGAN, T Private Highland Light Infantry 3rd Jul 1915
CORRIGAN, T Private Black Watch (Royal Highlanders) 25th Sep 1916
CORRIGAN, T Private Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders 30th Apr 1918
CORRIGAN, T H Able Seaman Royal Navy 13th May 1915
CORRIGAN, T M Sergeant The Buffs (East Kent Regiment) 24th Feb 1917
CORRIGAN, T P Private Royal Munster Fusiliers 28th Dec 1917
CORRIGAN, W Private Cheshire Regiment 5th Jun 1916
CORRIGAN, W Private South Lancashire Regiment 22nd Jun 1918
CORRIGAN, W Private Royal Warwickshire Regiment 20th Apr 1916
CORRIGAN, W H Private Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers 16th Aug 1917
CORRIGAN, W J Private Royal Dublin Fusiliers 14th Oct 1918
CORRIGAN, W J Private South Lancashire Regiment 28th Sep 1915
CORRIGAN, W J Lance Corporal Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers 16th Aug 1917
CORRIGAN, W L Sergeant Rifle Brigade 1st Nov 1918
CORRIGAN, W M Private Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers 27th Apr 1916


Second World War (1939-1947)

Australia

Name

Rank

Regiment

Date of Death

CORRIGAN, L M Private Australian Infantry 24th Apr 1945
CORRIGAN, T J   Royal Australian Air Force 9th Jan 1943

Canada
(Also see Canada’s – Books of Rememberance)

Name

Rank

Regiment

Date of Death

CORRIGAN, C G Private Royal Canadian Army Service Corps 9th Nov 1940
CORRIGAN, F O Petty Officer Supply Royal Canadian Navy 26th Sep 1942
CORRIGAN, R J Pilot Officer Royal Canadian Air Force 19th Aug 1942

 

India

No names listed

 

New Zealand

No names listed

 

South Africa

Name

Rank

Regiment

Date of Death

CORRIGAN, H A Air Sergeant South African Air Force 6th Feb 1946

 

United Kingdom

Name

Rank

Regiment

Date of Death

CORRIGAN, B Stoker 2nd Class Royal Navy 9th Mar 1947
CORRIGAN, D D Private King’s Shropshire Light Infantry 13th Apr 1945
CORRIGAN, D J Gunner Royal Artillery 4th Apr 1942
CORRIGAN, D V Sergeant Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve 29th Jan 1943
CORRIGAN, E Private King’s Own Scottish Borderers 3rd Dec 1944
CORRIGAN, E Stoker Royal Naval Patrol Service 15th Feb 1944
CORRIGAN, E P Sergeant Royal Air Force 2nd Mar 1941
CORRIGAN, F G Private Middlesex Regiment 8th Dec 1941
CORRIGAN, G Bombardier Royal Artillery 26th Apr 1941
CORRIGAN, G Ordinary Seaman Royal Navy 25th Jul 1941
CORRIGAN, G Sapper Royal Engineers 28th Dec 1945
CORRIGAN, J Lance Corporal Queen’s Own Cameron Highlanders 22nd Jun 1944
CORRIGAN, J Private Sherwood Foresters (Notts and Derby Regt.) 3rd Jun 1944
CORRIGAN, J Able Seaman Royal Navy 6th Jul 1944
CORRIGAN, J Telegraphist Royal Navy 6th Jul 1944
CORRIGAN, J Private Army Catering Corps 6th Jun 1943
CORRIGAN, J Gunner Royal Artillery 2nd May 1945
CORRIGAN, J Sergeant Royal Artillery 7th Aug 1944
CORRIGAN, J C Chief Engineer Officer Merchant Navy 7th Dec 1942
CORRIGAN, J J Corporal Cameronians (Scottish Rifles) 3rd Nov 1944
CORRIGAN, J J Gunner Royal Artillery 18th Jul 1943
CORRIGAN, J P Private East Surrey Regiment 20th Apr 1943
CORRIGAN, L Mess Room Boy Merchant Navy 15th Feb 1941
CORRIGAN, M Fusilier Lancashire Fusiliers 31st May 1940
CORRIGAN, M F Private Leicestershire Regiment 14th Dec 1941
CORRIGAN, M J C Civilian   19th May 1941
CORRIGAN, O Guardsman Irish Guards 30th Jul 1944
CORRIGAN, P Steward Merchant Navy 16th Jul 1942
CORRIGAN, P Sergeant Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve 26th Aug 1944
CORRIGAN, P Lance Corporal South Staffordshire Regiment 8th Jul 1944
CORRIGAN, P Petty Officer Stoker Royal Navy 22nd Mar 1941
CORRIGAN, P Ordinary Seaman Royal Navy 22nd Aug 1944
CORRIGAN, R E Civilian   1st Jun 1942
CORRIGAN, T Assistant Steward Merchant Navy 29th Jan 1945
CORRIGAN, T Able Seaman Royal Navy 31st Dec 1942
CORRIGAN, T E Aircraftman 1st Class Royal Air Force (Aux. Air Force) 1st Sep 1940
CORRIGAN, T E Rigger’s Mate Royal Navy 23rd Dec 1942
CORRIGAN, T M Warrant Officer 3rd Class The Buffs (Royal East Kent Regt.) 27th Aug 1940
CORRIGAN, W Corporal Royal Scots 16th Jul 1944
CORRIGAN, W Sergeant Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve 17th Dec 1943

Source:  The Commonwealth War Graves Commission – Debt of Honour Register