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Welcome to the Commonwealth War Graves Commission website!

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.

Find out more about the scope of our organisation today by clicking on the links above.

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Centenary Commemorations

The Battle of

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The Battle of the

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“This memorial cross, standing here exposed to the rigours of the climate and keeping solitary watch over this historic scene, appeals strongly to the imagination and recalls in a very vivid manner the silent, unceasing and arduous work of the Navy during the war.”

Surgeon Rear-Admiral Sir William Watson Cheyne, Bart., K.C.M.G., Lord Lieutenant of Orkney and Shetland, from his speech given at the Unveiling of the War Cross at Lyness Naval Cemetery, 29th September 1925

‘The Battle of Jutland’


News Stories

Memorials To Britain's Navy War Dead Given Top Heritage Listing


Three magnificent Commonwealth War Grave Commission memorials, commemorating the Royal Navy's sacrifice in two world wars, have been given Grade I listed status by Historic England, the body charged with protecting Britain's built heritage.

Latest Cemetery Information


Acces to the WW1 memorial will be closed on Friday 3 June to allow for access and investigation of the roof void and roof. Access to the WW2 memorial is unaffected.


Runnymede Air Forces Memorial may be part closed for public access due to a structural inspection.

This should not restrict access up to the roof terrace but the central courtyard, where the Stone of Remembrance is located, may be closed whilst a cherry picker is in operation. This is so that myself and a structural engineer can inspect some masonry at the top of the shrine which has moved out of alignment.

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