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Welcome to the Commonwealth War Graves Commission website!

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 153 countries across the world.

Our Register records details of Commonwealth war dead so that graves or names on memorials can be located.

Find out more about the scope of our organisation today by clicking on the links above.

I have many times asked myself whether there can be more potent advocates of peace upon earth through the years to come than this massed multitude of silent witnesses to the desolation of war..

King George V, Flanders, 1922.

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News Stories

Enquiries Contact Change


Huge interest in the Centenary of the First World War and, more recently, Remembrance Day have resulted in an influx of more detailed requests for information coming into our Enquiries Team.

News Stories

Remembrance shrine to WWII airmen is restored


A pivotal part of Britain’s primary memorial to the Royal Air Force casualties of the Second World War has been restored to former glory by the CWGC in time for Remembrance Sunday.

Latest Cemetery Information

New Zealand Memorial, Messines

At the request of the New Zealand government the centre section of the memorial grounds at the New Zealand Memorial in Messines is being redesigned with the intention of opening up the view to the battlefield and creating a better area for ceremonies. There will be some disruption for visitors whilst this work is being carried out for which we apologise. Work is due to be completed by March 2015.

Schoonselhof Cemetery

NOVEMBER 2014: Please note that major renovation work is taking place at this cemetery. Over 700 headstones are being replaced and a further 800 will be realigned. The work is starting in plot 5 and will then continue with plots 4, 3 and 2 to finish with plot 1. Please be aware that during the works it might be difficult to access certain graves. All works should be finished by the end of December 2014. Should you encounter any problems then please contact our office in Ieper at or phone + 3257223636.

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