Detailed guide: MOD War Detectives (the Joint Casualty and Compassionate Centre Commemorations team); our future services, current appeals and past cases

Ministry Of Defence

February 24
12:51 2021

Our future services, current appeals and past cases

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Attend a full military honours funeral or rededication service

Our services are free to attend and a list of future services can be found below: please note, they are all subject to COVID regulations (British and local) and may be liable to cancellation or amendment at short notice. Local restrictions as to the numbers allowed to attend may also be in operation.

Sadly, the services previously shown here for September, October and November have had to be postponed due to COVID restrictions on travel to Italy, France and Belgium. We will publish new dates as soon as we are able to.

Help identify a missing soldier, sailor or airman

The MOD War Detectives need your help to trace the families of British casualties found on historical battlefields.

Our current appeals can be found below:

We are looking for the family of Private (6216337) Douglas Henry Dickson of the 2nd Battalion, the Devonshire Regiment. Pte Dickson was killed on 3 September 1944. He was born in November 1923 in Edmonton, Middlesex, to James and Olive (nee Elson) Dickson. He had at least 8 siblings; Olive (born 1917), Leonard (born 1919), Alexander (born 1921), Derek (born 1925), James (born 1928), Paul (born 1934), Stanley (born 1942) and Keith (date of birth unknown). Are you related to any of them or do you know anyone who is? Its possible that there are links to Epping in Essex.

Please email us at Thank you!

Our Past Cases

Details of some of the MOD War Detectives past cases can be found below:

Published 26 September 2019
Last updated 24 February 2021 +show all updates
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  3. Notification of cancellation of the rest of 2020 burial and rededication ceremonies.

  4. Notification of further cancellations

  5. Deleting details of services that have had to be posponed.

  6. Changing calendar of events

  7. Details of additional ceremonies added

  8. Change to dates of when services may resume.

  9. Cancellation of all scheduled services due to COVID-19

  10. Changes to details of appeals and services.

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  12. To add details of future services

  13. Deleted details of services that have now taken place,

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