How can I support the Commonwealth War Graves Commission?
We often receive requests from the public offering to help us to
clean local war graves. Whilst we acknowledge and appreciate the
offers of practical help, we do not encourage any individuals to
carry out maintenance work on our plots or headstones.
The CWGC has over 1300 staff in the UK and overseas whose job it
is to inspect, clean and maintain our war graves and to ensure that
our headstones are legible and accessible. Our headstones are also
treated with a masonry biocide every two to three years to keep
them free from algae and lichen. Sometimes inclement weather
causes them to discolour more quickly and we are always grateful to
know when this has happened. The CWGC also has a rolling
headstone replacement programme, currently running at 22,000 per
year to replace headstones which are no longer physically intact or
where the inscription is difficult to read.
We very much welcome public interest in our sites and would like
to encourage more people to visit in order to gain a greater
understanding of the scale and magnitude of both world wars and to
find out who is buried in our war graves, how they got there, and
some of their personal stories. We also offer website search
facilities and a range of educational materials and our Education,
14-18 Events and Enquiries teams are delighted to assist and
support schools and local communities.