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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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Centenary Commemorations

The Battle of

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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 Battle of the Somme’


News Stories

CWGC marks the Centenary of the Siege of Kut


The CWGC will remember the centenary of the end of the four-month siege of Kut on 29 April, one of the most infamous defeats suffered by British Empire forces in the First World War.

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Marking the Easter Rising


Sunday, April 24 marks the 100th anniversary, to the very day, when the Easter Rising began in Dublin, Ireland.

Latest Cemetery Information


Stone vaults are currently being installed at graves located in Plot 2 Row 2 & Plot 4 Row 1a & 1b and is scheduled to be completed by 20th June. There may be some disruption around these plots during this time.


From 2 until 25 May the final stage of preparing the memorial for the Centenary will take place. This will involve 7 panels being replaced and other areas of the memorial undergoing a final clean.

The memorial will be accessible at all times but whilst the panels (below) are being replaced they will not be available for view.

Pier and face 1C (Panel H3), Pier and face 3A (Panel G2), Pier and face 4A (Panel G2), Pier and face 5A (Panel H3), Pier and face 11A (Panel F4), Pier and face 11B (Panel E2), Pier and face 12C (Panel H4).

16 - 26 June and 4 - 9 July
Access to the site will only be possible through pre-arranged visits which will be conducted by Commonwealth War Graves Commission staff. To request a visit please contact

27 June to 3 July
Access to the site will not be possible.
Essential information for Somme 2016 visits can be found at here
Information on the Thiepval Restoration Project can be found at here

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