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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.

‘The History of The Somme’


News Stories

New Oak Gates for Memorial


New oak gates were installed at Runnymede Air Forces Memorial on February 4, 2016, after the previous gates were found to be in too poor a condition to be used.

Latest Cemetery Information


Major renovation works are taking place at this cemetery.

From 15-26 February rows A, U and Z in plot 1 will be completely closed off and in particular the graves of Rifleman Joe Strudwick and of the VC holder Pte Thomas Barratt will not be accessible.

For more detailed information please read the Essex Farm project plan.


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 July.

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