Posted 19 September 2012 - 11:08 AM
Peter – this will be a rather unsatisfactory “answer” because I cant quote document refs, but I believe that the change from “ad hoc” burial arrangements to (where possible) individual burials for British (and Dominion, etc) other ranks only came in with WW1. I have certainly seen papers in class WO32 at TNA where mass internments such as were used during the 2nd Boer War (Spion Kop, for example) were advocated during WW1, - but rejected. I firmly recall that papers which I saw many many years ago included views from a certain Rt. Hon W.L.S. Churchill !
I think that individual burials up till WW1 were probably made under regimental arrangements, or privately arranged, rather than there being any formal War Office policy.
Sorry I cant be more precise.