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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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‘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 Somme’


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Appeal for Relatives


We wish to make contact with any family members of the casualties concerned. Please click here to view a list of the war graves in question.

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Appeal for Relatives


CWGC are appealing for relatives of Private John Kenneth McLean and Private John Royston. 

Latest Cemetery Information


The Menenstraat (road running from the market square to the Menin Gate) will be closed for traffic due to road works from 12 November till the end of the year. It will however be possible for pedestrians and wheel chair users to get to the memorial via the Menenstraat.

At the time when they re-surface the road (which will only take 2 days) pedestrians and wheelchair users will only be able to approach the memorial via the Frenchlaan or the Hoornwerk.

Cars and busses will need to approach the memorial via the Frenchlaan or the Hoornwerk until the works are finished.


After 11 November 2015, work will start on Bay 10 (replacement of 16 engraved panels) of the Arras Memorial. Bay 10 will be closed to the public as from 12-13 November 2015 for a period of 4 weeks to erect the scaffolding and to carry out the necessary remedial works.

Similarly we will start the re-engraving of Bays 6 and 7 on the 6th of January for a period of two months until the end of February 2016. The area will be closed to the public during this work. A temporary register box will be put up at the central entrance behind the Cross of Sacrifice during this period.

See the layout of the restricted zones.

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