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.
Find out more about the scope of our organisation today by
clicking on the links above.
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“This memorial cross, standing here exposed to the rigours of the climate and keeping solitary watch over this historic scene, appeals strongly to the imagination and recalls in a very vivid manner the silent, unceasing and arduous work of the Navy during the war.”
Surgeon Rear-Admiral Sir William Watson Cheyne, Bart., K.C.M.G., Lord Lieutenant of Orkney and Shetland, from his speech given at the Unveiling of the War Cross at Lyness Naval Cemetery, 29th September 1925
Mark Knopfler played the Last Post to remember all those from
the Northumberland Fusiliers who lost their lives in the First
On the eve of commemorations to mark the 100th
anniversary of the Battle of the Somme, a vigil will be held at the
CWGC Thiepval Memorial to the Missing in France.
The roof terrace at the top of the central shrine will be out of
bounds to the public between Monday 1st August and
Wednesday 3rd August 2016
Due to the building of the commemorative event at the South
African Memorial, Delville Wood, on 12 July, the parking of the
museum will be closed as from 6 July. Visitors to Delville Wood
Cemetery who usually park here will therefore not be able to do so
from 6 July to 14 July and will have to park in the village
instead. Access to the cemetery will not be possible as from 11
July pm to late on 12 July.