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'Missing'- how long to 'presumed to have been killed'?


BereniceUK
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From a local newspaper report - "Two years have elapsed since Pte. Sam Higginson (23), 5th King's Own, was reported missing in Flanders. The War Office now state that he must be presumed to have been killed on May 8th 1915."

Two years seems to me to be a very long time to come to this decision. What would have been the reasoning for leaving it that long? Are there examples of longer lengths of time before a serviceman was "presumed to have been killed"?

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Thanks, Andrew. I hadn't seen that.

Perhaps this thread should be 'locked'?

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Hello Berenice

Many men listed as missing turned up later as prisoners of war so his death would not be presumed if that remained a possibility in his case. As Andrew says, there is no hard and fast rule although a case of several months was not unusual - a friend's father was captured in May 1918 and his parents heard nothing further for four months, and he was an officer.

Ron

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