Deaths and injuries

1939-45



Compiled by Ministry of Home Security from police and medical reports
 

Number of civilians in Great Britain
killed by enemy action 1939-45
 

 

Number of civilians in London civil
defence region killed by enemy
action 1939-45

1939                -                    -  
1940 23 767     13 596  
1941 19 918     6 487  
1942 3 236     27  
1943 2 372     542  
1944 8 475     7 533  
1945   1 860       1 705  
  59 628      29 890  
Northern Ireland          
(1941)      967        
   60 595        
           

The total of 60 595 is made up of:

     
Men 26 923        
Women 25 399        
Children under 16 years 7 736        
Unidentified 537        


Source: Civil Defence Department of the Home Office
 

Number of civilians in Great Britain
injured by enemy action 1939-45
 

 

Number of civilians in London civil
defence region injured by enemy
action 1939-45

           
 

Admitted to Hospital

 

Admitted to Hospital

1939                -                    -  
1940 30 529     18 378  
1941 21 165     7 641  
1942 4 148     52  
1943 3 450     989  
1944 21 989     19 611  
1945   4 223       3 836  
  85 504      50 507  
Northern Ireland          
(1941 - 2)      678        
   86 182        
           

The total of 86 182 is made up of:

     
Men 40 738        
Women 37 822        
Children under 16 years 7 622        


Derived from Ministry of Home Security sources
The proportions of casualties attributable to the enemy's chief weapons have been estimated as follows:

   
Killed
  Seriously
Injured
   
Total
 
Bombs 51 509   61 423   112 932  
Flying bombs (V-1) 6 184   17 981   24 165  
Long-range rockets (V-2) 2 754   6 523   9 277  
Cross-Channel bombardment     148       255         403  
  60 595   86 182   146 777  

The above tables include Civil defence workers on duty (the General Services and the Regular and Auxiliary Police and Fire Services) who suffered 6 838 casualties (2 379 killed and 4 459 seriously injured). Of these 6 220 were men, and 618 women.
The above tables do not include the Home Guard (1 206 of whom died of wounds, injury or illness due to their service), nor merchant seaman dying in Britain as a result of enemy action of any kind, nor civilians killed by the enemy at sea (about another 663 in total).

 


Copyright 2002 Peter N. Risbey.