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Though it could have been quite awkward--Rudolf Hess in reverse, potentially--what with Germany courting their old ally to jump in on the Axis side, right up to the appearance of Soviet troops on the Bulgarian frontier! :speechless1:

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There are probably as many Canadians who died in accidents or air raids, as Dieppe casualties. Five Canadian Divisions were in the U.K. until 1943, and three until June 1944.

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I've got a volume on Yale University's WW2 dead and 25% of the total were killed in flight training accidents without ever hearing a shot fired. Ironic that the "glamour service" should actually have been more deadly in non-combat than the infantry at the front.

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There are probably as many Canadians who died in accidents or air raids, as Dieppe casualties. Five Canadian Divisions were in the U.K. until 1943, and three until June 1944.

You could very well be right.

There are 5,092 Commonwealth casualties buried at Brookwood. Of course, you need to "take away" the WW1 dead but if you, or anyone else, has a lot of spare time it ought to be possible to find out for sure.

Make a list of the named Canadian soldiers and remove those who died of wounds in August 1942. A problem could be that, without individual research, is no way of knowing if a man died 3 months after being wounded at Dieppe or stepped under a London bus in the blackout:

http://www.cwgc.org/search/cemetery_report...4400&mode=1

In the case of the missing, those without a known grave, it is easier to work out who died at Dieppe, and who didn't. One example:

http://www.cwgc.org/search/casualty_detail...asualty=2145008

Here is the complete list of the 3,450 names on the Brookwood Memorial:

http://www.cwgc.org/search/cemetery_report...2400&mode=1

In the case of the RCAF there would be no way of knowing from the simple facts given if the men were killed in training accidents or as aircrew in flying operations.For example, what were175 (RAF) Squadron

doing on 6th October 1943?

http://www.cwgc.org/search/casualty_detail...asualty=2761607

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Thanks for posting the pictures. The war graves commission has done a beautiful job of maintaining the cemetary.

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My pleasure Paul. I visit every couple of months or so and can photograph any graves members may require for their research (if I can locate it!) :cheers:

Simon

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