BRITISH COMMITTEE FOR REFUGEES FROM
CZECHOSLOVAKIA AND CZECH REFUGEE TRUST FUND
DOCUMENTS AT THE PUBLIC RECORD OFFICE
NAMES OF REGISTERED
AND ASSOCIATED PERSONS
FROM HO294/612 AND HO294/613
The sources of the information in this list are the files HO 294/612 and HO 294/613 at the Public Record Office in Kew, London. These contain numerical case index lists of all those registered with the British Committee for Refugees from Czechoslovakia (BCRC) and the later Czech Refugee Trust Fund (CRTF). The entries used for this list comprise only of those relating to individuals registering before the end of the Second World War (case numbers 1 to 8434). Post-war registrations (case numbers 9001 and above) are not included.
Case numbers are allocated to individuals or 'heads of family' who may have other persons listed in connection to them on 'sub-case' numbers. These 'sub-cases' may not actually be refugees who left Czechoslovakia. They also include wives (sometimes other refugees, sometimes not) and children 'acquired' during the time the 'head of family' was in contact with the CRTF. This period usually lasted until the individuals were repatriated to Czechoslovakia, emigrated to a third country, or naturalised as British subjects.
The total number of entries in the resulting database is approximately 14,000. However, just over 600 of these are 'empty' or 'redundant', containing cross-references to other case numbers that the person involved has been transferred to. There are also a very few duplicate entries. These have therefore not been included here, leaving a total of about 13,400 names in this list.
For more information on the BCRC/CRTF see the page on the main site at:
As in the original list, there are no hard rules to standardise variations in spelling. There are also no rules for the use of special accented characters, and in many cases they have been represented both in the original list and here by simple unaccented versions of the letters. The only exceptions I have made to showing the original characters are the capitalised accented "Á", which where used I have represented as a simple "A", and the accented "é" in the word "née" (indicating a former surname), which is also not used, the word being shown with the unaccented "e" as "nee".
Brackets are used in the original list to indicate former surnames not used later. This may be due to marriage or official name change. If surnames, these are often prefaced within the brackets by "nee" or "form." or some such other abbreviation, but also often not. Where an individual's 'primary' surname (i.e. the first of more than one shown for them) is in brackets, the leading "(", along with any annotation such as "nee" or "form.", has been removed to allow some sort of meaningful sorting on the 'primary' surname. However, the trailing ")" at the end of that 'primary' surname remains. Other brackets within the Surname field are not affected.
This list has been constructed from a database report sorted first by the contents of the Surname field alphabetically, then by contents of the First Names field alphabetically, and finally in ascending order of Year of Birth. Family relationships, which may have been indicated by registration on the same case number, have therefore NOT been preserved. Abbreviations for titles, e.g. "Dr", are generally included at the end of the Surname field, or at least at the end of the 'primary' surname. Here they do not affect basic sorting on Surname, although since they are sorted on before the First Names they DO affect the position of an individual within the section for that surname.
Persons with multiple surnames will initially be sorted based on the 'primary' surname. This may mean that the person you are looking for will not be shown in the place you think because the name you are looking for is actually shown as a 'secondary' name for that person.
Web browsers have the facility to search the page currently being viewed for specified text. For this reason I have produced this list on a single, large page, rather than splitting it up onto several different pages which would download more quickly. Using this facility you may search the whole text of the page for the name required. This will allow you to find the name even if it is a 'secondary' surname. To locate this facility try opening the "Edit" menu usually shown at the top of the browser window and select the "Find (on This Page)" option.
Please be aware that this facility searches for the PRECISE text that you enter. It will therefore not find entries with unexpected spellings of that surname or a discrepancy between accented and un-accented characters. Where necessary and practical I suggest searching using the parts of the surname which avoid these areas, allowing identification without risking these possible confusions.
If performing multiple searches using this facility, please note that the search will take place in the direction specified (up or down) from the position already reached in the text by previous searches, or from the position of text that may have been selected (highlighted) by you manually. To ensure a complete search of the page select (highlight) some text at the top of the page before the start of the list and search downwards.
Although I have tried to make sure that the information in this list is correct and complete, I accept no responsibility for any errors or omissions that may have occurred, and no liability for any costs that anyone may choose to incur based on this information.
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List last corrected : 23th May 2003
Copyright © 2003 Richard Gaskell