In summary, to be recognised as a casualty one had to be proven to be :
- A member of the Forces as set out in legislation: - the Irish Volunteers, Irish Citizen Army, Na Fianna Eireann, the Hibernian Rifles and Cumann na mBan.
- Proven to have been on active service
- To have been killed or wounded in the course of his duty
- Death not due to any serious negligence or misconduct
- To have died within three years of having received a wound provided the death was solely due to such wound.