Request a paid search of closed WO 416 records where the data subject is deceased

Series WO 416 consists of German record cards of British and Commonwealth prisoners of war and civilian internees during the Second World War.

Use the form below if you would like to request a paid search of WO 416 records for an individual who is deceased. If you would like to request a search for a living individual, use our other WO 416 request form.

Please note that by the middle of 2023 we hope to have made the records of all the individuals in WO 416 freely searchable on our online catalogue. You may therefore wish to wait until then to avoid the charge that there is for this service. There is more information on this project and its timetable in the WO 416 series description, under ‘Arrangement’.

How it works

Step 1: Fill in the form below with details of the individual whose record you are requesting – include evidence that the individual is deceased and your own contact details.

Step 2: Using the link provided, pay the search fee (£24.35).

Step 3: On receipt of your form with valid proof of death and confirmation of your payment, we will search for the individual named in the form.

Step 4: Our team will contact you via email or post with the results of the search within 20 working days. If we find a record of the individual for whom you have provided evidence of death, we will send you a copy of the record with the email.

Step 5: A description of the record will subsequently appear in Discovery, our online catalogue.

How much does it cost?

There is a fee of £24.35 for the search. This fee covers the time taken to conduct the search and provide you with a copy.

Search details

Please provide us with information about the British or Commonwealth Prisoner of War or Internee that you want us to search for. We will use this information to search our systems for the closed record.

Upload evidence of death

Suitable forms of evidence are an official death certificate or published obituary. If we do not receive a valid proof of death, we will be unable to proceed with a search.

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