Death on Active Service (Notice to Next-of-Kin).

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — British Army. – in the House of Commons on 4th August 1942.

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Photo of Sir Alexander Spearman Sir Alexander Spearman , Scarborough and Whitby

Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that the present arrangements very often cause unnecessary distress; has he not heard of instances where next-of-kin receive a printed form which they think is of no importance and only later in the day find out that it is a notification of death, and would not some other arrangement, if not by telegram by some special, distinguishable letter, be better so that it would be possible for near relatives to have the news broken more gently?