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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 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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Commemorating 141 Days


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The Battle of the

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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

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Latest Cemetery Information


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.

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