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

Ministry Of Defence

April 7
11:04 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-19 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 Cpl Gilbert Willcocks who was killed on 28 November 1915, whilst serving with the Army Service Corps during the Great War.

Gilbert was born in 1888 in Norton Fitzwarren, Somerset to Elias Willcocks and Avis Jane Tucker. He had 2 brothers, Clifford and John and 6 sisters (Alice, Anna, Eva, Lily, Ethel and Ada). Ada married Samuel Sully and they settled in Newport, South Wales, and raised their children, Reginald, Clifford and Olive.Reginald married Annie Rose and had 2 sons, Trevor and Sidney (both now deceased). Clifford married Louisa Powell and had at least one son, Lyndon. Olive married Michael Reardon and they too had at least one son, Bryan. We believe that the family are still in South Wales.

If you know the whereabouts of any descendants of Reginald, Clifford or Olive, please get in touch.

Please email us at DBS-MODWarDetectives@mod.gov.uk. 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 7 April 2021 +show all updates
  1. New appeal for family added and previous one deleted.

  2. Inserting corrected email address; DBS-MODWarDetectives@mod.gov.uk

  3. Added an appeal for family under the 'current appeals' heading.

  4. Notification of cancellation of the rest of 2020 burial and rededication ceremonies.

  5. Notification of further cancellations

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

  7. Changing calendar of events

  8. Details of additional ceremonies added

  9. Change to dates of when services may resume.

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

  11. Changes to details of appeals and services.

  12. We have added details of additional services and appeals

  13. To add details of future services

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

  15. First published.

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