Welcome to the Commonwealth War Graves Commission
We commemorate the 1,700,000 men and women of the Commonwealth
forces who died in the two world wars.
Our cemeteries, burial plots and memorials are a lasting tribute
to those who died in some 154 countries across the world.
Our Register records details of Commonwealth war dead so that
graves or names on memorials can be located.
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‘Thus everything here seems to bring us to worship and to remembrance on this table-land of Thiepval; yesterday a vast charnel house, today a place of pilgrimage and meditation, where the souls of those who perished hover’
Address of the President of The French Republic, Albert François Lebrun, at the unveiling of the Thiepval Memorial to the Missing of the Somme, 1 August 1932.
This month will mark 100 years since the death of Captain Edward
The article in The Times regards the CWGC's history, operations
and ongoing responsibilities.
The memorial will be closed from 8-12 February for deep cleaning
and renovations. From the 22 February-1 April access to panels may
be restricted or completely closed. Access to the cemetery
remains open at all times.
To prepare for the ceremony, there will be restricted access to
Thiepval Memorial from 19-28 June. The site will be closed from the
29 June-3 July and there will be restricted access from 4-9
The cemetery will be closed to the public from 8
February, for maintenence to improve the foundations. The work
shall take appx. 2 weeks.