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Death Certificate for seamen killed in action
« on: Wednesday 06 March 19 16:33 GMT (UK) »
Hi,

A friend needs to obtain a death certificate for his grandfather who was killed in 1942 following a u boat attack on a British merchant ship.
What would be his best course of action to obtain this?

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Re: Death Certificate for seamen killed in action
« Reply #1 on: Wednesday 06 March 19 16:49 GMT (UK) »
His record will be held by the General Register Office and can be applied for in the same way as for deaths on land.  The index is in Findmypast which will give the reference for the application.

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Re: Death Certificate for seamen killed in action
« Reply #2 on: Wednesday 06 March 19 16:56 GMT (UK) »
Hi Max,

Thanks for your reply.
 Find My Past shows an Archive Reference Number is that what is required?
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Re: Death Certificate for seamen killed in action
« Reply #3 on: Wednesday 06 March 19 17:18 GMT (UK) »
No it'll be a Volume and Page.  If you post his name we can cross check.

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Re: Death Certificate for seamen killed in action
« Reply #4 on: Wednesday 06 March 19 18:07 GMT (UK) »
Thanks

His name is Peter Erskine Sturgeon.
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Re: Death Certificate for seamen killed in action
« Reply #5 on: Wednesday 06 March 19 19:28 GMT (UK) »
The register is called the Register of Deceased Seamen.  His death on the SS LaLande 14 November 1942 is in the March 1943 register but I note that the Registrar General to whom the death was reported was in Ireland not the GRO in England/Wales which is why I was expecting a reference to a GRO register.

I suggest an first contact should be with the Irish GRO to get advice:
https://www.welfare.ie/en/Pages/GRO_Contact_Us.aspx  The system is probably straight forward but I haven't applied to them before so worth going direct to them.

Cross checking it is the right chap here is the crew list:

https://uboat.net/allies/merchants/crews/ship2426.html

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Re: Death Certificate for seamen killed in action
« Reply #6 on: Wednesday 06 March 19 19:39 GMT (UK) »

Thanks Max.

He was born in Dublin while his father was working there for a short time.
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