Inevitably, compiling such a list is fraught with difficulties, and not an exact science. I have tried to include all service personnel either listed with next of kin in Leicester, or buried in Leicester (on the assumption that their burial here indicates they had some local connection, despite it not being acknowledged in the official records). My roll of honour also extends beyond the end of WW2 in August 1945 to include service casualties up until December 1947 (used as the official cut-off date by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission). I know there will be omissions and errors – not least because some service casualties will have had no known surviving next of kin, so there is nothing within the CWGC records to tie them to their place of birth or enlistment. I would particularly welcome any corrections that you might like to offer.
I am keen to expand the current database to cover the circumstances of each loss, so if you have further information or a photograph showing a casualty, I would be pleased to add it to these pages.
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Doore, an air gunner serving with 57 squadron was killed with his entire crew when their Lancaster crashed in Cornwall during a training flight. The Court of Enquiry believed that their aircraft had been struck by lightning, causing the photo flash (a large flare used to illuminate the target during bombing in order to take a photograph) to ignite. Doore and his crew are buried today at Helston.