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Keeping Names Alive

One of the most important aspects of our work is ensuring that the names of all Commonwealth Servicemen and women are legible. A damaged or eroded panel or headstone, a name that cannot be read is unacceptable, which is why we have a rolling programme of inspections of headstones and memorials.

In most cases, where the stone is sound but the inscription eroded or damaged it is both economical and environmentally sound practice to re-engrave the headstone. Where this is not possible, or the stone is damaged beyond repair, we replace headstones and panels.

The majority of headstones are engraved at our French workshop outside Arras. A skilled technician using a machine called an incisograph can engrave up to 10 headstones a day.

Read more about illegible headstone inscriptions and our programme of re-engraving.