Armed Forces: Commemoration

House of Lords written question – answered at on 14 December 2010.

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Photo of Lord Laird Lord Laird UUP

To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Astor of Hever on 1 December (WA 449), whether they will sponsor research into the identification of the military personnel who were killed or who disappeared in Ireland from 1916 to 1923, for the purpose of their commemoration.

Photo of Lord Astor of Hever Lord Astor of Hever Lord in Waiting (HM Household) (Whip), The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Defence

There are no current plans to do so. All those who died or went missing believed killed between 1916 and 1921 are already formally commemorated by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission. For the years between 1 September 1921 and 2 September 1939, responsibility for service burials reverted to the pre-1914 arrangements whereby ships, regiments and units, or the individual's family, buried their own dead and no central records are held.

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