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.
On 10 August 1915, Private John Kenneth McLEAN,
soldier of the 43rd Regiment of the Canadian Militia, drowned
in the Ottawa River (Ottawa, Ontario, Canada) alongside Private
John ROYSTON of the same military unit.
UK Prime Minister David Cameron visited a CWGCs war graves in
his official role as MP of Witney, on Friday, 20 November.
The Menenstraat (road running from the market square to the
Menin Gate) will be closed for traffic due to road works from 12
November till the end of the year. It will however be possible for
pedestrians and wheel chair users to get to the memorial via the
At the time when they re-surface the road (which will only take
2 days) pedestrians and wheelchair users will only be able to
approach the memorial via the Frenchlaan or the Hoornwerk.
Cars and busses will need to approach the memorial via the
Frenchlaan or the Hoornwerk until the works are finished.
After 11 November 2015, work will start on Bay 10 (replacement
of 16 engraved panels) of the Arras Memorial. Bay 10 will be closed
to the public as from 12-13 November 2015 for a period of 4 weeks
to erect the scaffolding and to carry out the necessary remedial
Similarly we will start the re-engraving of Bays 6 and 7 on the
6th of January for a period of two months until the end of February
2016. The area will be closed to the public during this work. A
temporary register box will be put up at the central entrance
behind the Cross of Sacrifice during this period.
See the layout of the restricted zones.