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The death should be registered by the relevant service department and then with the General Register Office where it occurred:
on a merchant ship
on an offshore installation
on a civil aircraft
on a hovercraft
on a naval ship
on a military aircraft
among service personnel or their families overseas
Where death occurred abroad:
the death must be registered in the country and area concerned
the doctor's medical certificate of the cause of death obtained
the death certificate obtained
It may be possible to register the death at the British Embassy or Consulate by an Embassy or Consular officer as well. If so, it is possible to buy a UK-style death certificate and the record will be sent to the General Register Office within 12 months.
If the body is to be brought back to England or Wales and is to be cremated, this must be reported to the coroner since they need to issue a Certificate for Cremation (form E).
It may not be possible to register the death with the British authorities in certain countries including:
the Ascension Islands
the Cayman Islands
the Christmas Islands
the Falkland Islands
the Republic of Ireland
the Turks and Caicos Islands
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