If a person died in the forces or as a result of enemy action during the Second World War, their name will be recorded by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission. The civilians who died are also recorded in printed registers. These are arranged geographically by borough or county and parish. Because addresses are usually given it is possible to work out casualties who died on the same day and patterns of incidents.

Rolls of honour or local histories may have been produced, and your relative may appear in one of these. You can check our catalogues to see if these might be held at IWM London, or try local libraries or archives. You can search for local war memorials on IWM’s War Memorials Archive.

The London Metropolitan Archives holds the London County Council Bomb Damage Maps. These have been published in a limited edition publication:

The London County Council Bomb Damage Maps, 1939–1945 with an introduction by Robin Woolven; edited by Ann Saunders (London: London Topographical Society and London Metropolitan Archives, 2005)

This can be viewed by appointment in our Research Room.