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Annual Report 2011 - 2012

 

 

 

The Commonwealth War Graves Commission gets fit for 14 - 18

Commemoration is a year-round, worldwide activity for the Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC). And, in just two years, events to mark the centenary of the First World War - the conflict which brought the CWGC into being - will bring this work into sharp focus.

Ensuring our cemeteries and memorials are ready for the centenary is perhaps the biggest single operational challenge the Commission has faced since the Second World War.

This, the Commission's 93rd Annual Report, outlines exactly how we are getting fit for the challenge and features a number of other highlights from the past year.

These include…

• The use of new smartphone technology to allow visitors to access some of the personal stories of those who died.
• The reinstatement in India of isolated graves from the First World War. This programme has already seen more than two thousand graves securely marked.
• Plans to more than double the rate of headstone production following an inspection of more than 465,000 graves in our care.
• Practical steps to combat vandalism in the UK and overseas.
• The gradual increase in our level of activity in Iraq after many years of enforced absence.
• New education initiatives to engage the young.

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