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
Three magnificent Commonwealth War Grave Commission memorials,
commemorating the Royal Navy's sacrifice in two world wars, have
been given Grade I listed status by Historic England, the
body charged with protecting Britain's built heritage.
Crete became the scene of a fierce struggle when German forces
launched a large-scale airborne assault, seizing control of the
island from its Greek and British Commonwealth garrison.
Acces to the WW1 memorial will be closed on Friday 3 June to
allow for access and investigation of the roof void and roof.
Access to the WW2 memorial is unaffected.
Runnymede Air Forces Memorial may be part closed for public
access due to a structural inspection.
This should not restrict access up to the roof terrace but the
central courtyard, where the Stone of Remembrance is located, may
be closed whilst a cherry picker is in operation. This is so that
myself and a structural engineer can inspect some masonry at the
top of the shrine which has moved out of alignment.