Ron Clifton, on 13 January 2012 - 10:23 AM, said:
Hello Cork Commrade, and welcome to the Forum!
Units were supposed to report casualties "after an action", I think on one of various subdivisions of Army Form B103. Units also made a weekly Field Return, Army Form B238, every Sunday which gave details of all men joining or leaving the unit, with reasons. Its main purpose was to confirm the number of rations required for the following week but it is a pity that none of these were preserved, as they would have proved invaluable to researchers after the loss of most of the soldiers' records in 1940.
Therefore, GHQ should have known of a man being killed, going missing or taken prisoner within a week of the event, but at times of major actions (e.g. 1 July 1916) the paperwork might have taken a while to catch up.
As regards missing men being reported as POWs, this could take some time, as Geraint has said. The only case known to me is of an officer who was reported missing on 27 May 1918 (third phase of the Kaiserschlacht) but whose family did not hear that he was still alive and a prisoner until September.
Hello Ron - thank you for the info and the welcome message . Should have mentioned that he took a right pasting before capture , - IE - badly disfigured left side of face and lost left arm ! Must have spent a long time in hospital and there fore a long time before been reported a POW . You're right , it is A crying shame those records were not preserved , - they would have been worth their weight in gold to researcher's . Thanks again , regards cork commrade