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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.

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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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Lighting Up The Western Front


An inspirational project to light up the First World War front line across Belgium, will take place between 7.00pm and 8.30pm on Friday 17 October.

Latest Cemetery Information

Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial

There will be restricted access to the Menin Gate Memorial on 28 October, with a national ceremony at the monument on that date marking the First Battle of Ypres. The stairs on the left hand side coming from the town will be closed off from 9am. The Memorial itself will be closed off entirely from 2pm. The ceremony, which will begin at 5.30pm, can be observed on a big screen from the market place in Ypres and will also be broadcast live to Belgian viewers via VRT.

Portianos Military Cemetery

The cemetery is currently undergoing a complete pedestal renovation. Access is possible only during the hours of 8am to 4pm when the contractor is onsite. The cemetery is inaccessible outside of these hours due to safety reasons. Works are scheduled for completion end of November. We apologise for any inconvenience caused during this time.

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