The Commonwealth War Graves Commission honours the 1,700,000 men
and women of the forces of the Commonwealth who died in the two
world wars and ensures that their memory is never forgotten.
We are the organisation that cares for cemeteries and memorials
at 23,000 locations in 154 countries. Our values and aims,
laid out in 1917, are as relevant now as they were almost
100 years ago.
The Commission's principles:
- Each of the dead should be commemorated by name on the
headstone or memorial
- Headstones and memorials should be permanent
- Headstones should be uniform
- There should be no distinction made on account of military or
civil rank, race or creed
Since our foundation by Royal Charter we have constructed 2,500
war cemeteries and plots, erecting headstones over graves and where
the remains are missing, inscribing the names of the dead on
permanent memorials. Over a million burials are now commemorated at
military and civil sites in some 150 countries.
In this section you can find out about the history and work of
our extraordinary organisation and the vital role we play in
remembering the war dead. Click here for
a map showing the scale of our