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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.
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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 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
Sunday, April 24 marks the 100th anniversary, to the very day,
when the Easter Rising began in Dublin, Ireland.
As from 2 May for at least 3 weeks, 7 panels will be replaced on
the Thiepval Memorial. In addition, some areas of the memorial will
be undergoing some cleaning in readiness for 1 July.
During these works it will at times be difficult to access the
memorial and in particular to view the following panels:
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
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 email@example.com
27 June to 3 July
Access to the site will not be possible.
Essential information for Somme 2016 visits can be found at
Information on the Thiepval Restoration Project can be found at
Renovation works have begun to the cemetery access road and due
to be completed by the end of April 2016. Visitors are advised that
only pedestrian access will be possible during this time.