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British casualties from major wars and conflicts

For ease, these figures are ranked by the highest numbers of casualties. All loses during conflict are a tragedy and those who gave their lives should be remembered.

  • WW1 (1914-1918): 885,138
  • WW2 (1939-1945): 340,000
  • The Crimean war (1853-1856): 21, 000
  • The Boer war (1899-1902): 7, 792
  • The First Anglo-Afghan war (1839-1842): 4, 500
  • The Peninsular war (1808-1814): 4, 200
  • The Second Anglo-Afghan war (1878-1880): 2, 500
  • The Korean war (1950-1953): 1, 109
  • The First Sikh war (1845-1846): 872
  • The Third Anglo-Afghan war (1919): 802
  • The troubles in Northern Ireland (1969): 671
  • The Second Sikh war (1848-1849): 281
  • The Anglo-Irish war (1919-1921): 261
  • The Falklands war (1982): 255
  • The Aden conflict (1963-1967): 255
  • Afghanistan: (2001- ): 204
  • The Iraq war (2003-2009): 179
  • The Cyprus conflict (1955-1959): 142
  • The Gulf war (1990-1991): 47

Figures provided by the Daily Telegraph.