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Leicestershire soldiers served and gave lives in both World Wars.

Leicestershire soldiers served and gave lives in both World Wars.
We shall remember them

Each year on the anniversary of the Armistice in the Great War in 1918 - the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month - we remember those that gave their lives for this country.

So many people have died in the service of the nation that almost every family has been touched by loss. Remembrance is a time when many of us begin a search to find out about our 'personal heroes' and if that includes you then at BBC Leicester we hope to get you started.

The War Memorial in Leicester serves as a reminder of the sacrifice of Leicestershire soldiers. The War Memorial in Leicester serves as a reminder of the sacrifice of Leicestershire soldiers.

The Commonwealth War Graves Commission is the place to begin when looking for information about family members who died in the two World Wars of the last century. The Commission has a superb website and allows you to search their database for details about where people are buried and the more you can put into their search engine the better.

We have been given access to the names of those who died in the Leicestershire Regiment which lost almost 9,000 men in the two World Wars. The list for each war is alphabetical by surname so click on the letter you need. The entry for each name should give you enough detail to search the CWGC database.

World War OneWorld War Two

About the Leicestershire Regiment

  • The Royal Leicestershire Regiment was formed 1688.
  • In 1777 it saw action in the American War of Independence.
  • Served in India between 1804 - 1823 from where it got its nickname of "The Tigers".
  • During the Great War (1914 - 1918) over 7,000 members of the regiment were killed in France, Belgium and the Middle East.
  • During the Second World War (1939 - 1945) over 1,500 members of the regiment were killed in Norway, Belgium, Italy, Greece and the Middle East.

The Leicestershire Regiment became part of The Royal Anglian Regiment in 1964. The CWGC does not have details about wars which were not "Commonwealth Conflicts" - for example the Gulf War and the Korean War which were United Nations actions.

However our links page to other military websites and ex-forces websites should help you.

Commonwealth War Graves Commission
Royal British Legion
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