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Death notification


master brummie
Hello, I'd be very grateful for any information for some research I'm doing.
On average, if a soldier was killed, in my ancestor's case of Spanish flu, in Africa, does anyone know roughly how long it would take for the relatives back in the UK to be informed?
Many thanks in advance,



master brummie
It might depend which war your ancestor was involved in. My Grandfather was injured in WW1 (fortunately not killed) and the letter to his next of kin is dated 10 days after his injury - he was in France and the letter came from the RE depot in Chatham. I am not sure if death notices were quicker as I imagine they would be a telegram not a letter. It might also take a it longer from Africa but on the other hand WW2 might have speeded up their methods.