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1941 CAFO 389 – Casualties – Notification to Next-of-kin of ex-French Ratings
Updated 16-Feb-2008

This document is a modern transcription of a portion of February 1941Confidential Admiralty Fleet Order 389. It concerns procedures for notifying the next of kin of Frenchmen killed while serving in the Royal Navy. This very CAFO would have a bearing on the notification procedures for Hood's French matelots only three months later. The original document is held at the Royal Navy Library at the Royal Navy Base, Portsmouth. This Crown Copyrighted material is reproduced here by kind permission of the Royal Navy Library.

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C.A.F.O. 389. –Casualties – Notification to Next-of-kin of ex-French Ratings

(N.853/41. – 20.2.1941.)

The following procedure should be adopted for notification to next-of-kin of casualties among ex-French ratings now serving in the R.N.

  (1).  Where next-of-kin is resident in Great Britain, notification should be made in accordance with  normal procedure.

  (2).  Where next-of-kin is not resident in this country.
            (a)  A complete nominal record of ratings with their French and English names, and next-of-kin particulars, is to be kept under lock and key by the depôt normally responsible for notification to next-of-kin, until such a time as it is possible to make notification.

            (b) A nominal list of ratings, English names only and without next-of-kin, is to be forwarded to the Secretary of the Admiralty (Naval Branch, Casualty Section) by the appropriate depot (copies to Heads of D.N.A. 3, 8, and 9).  This return, which is to be rendered in place of that required by Admiralty letter N.19002/40 (Paragraph 6) (addressed to authorities responsible for notification) should include the following details only:  English name, rating, and official number.

  (3)  The procedures outlined above will be carried out so far as any French officers serving in the R.N. are concerned, by the Admiralty (C.W. Branch) to whom all deaths of any such casualties which may occur, should be reported.

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