Annual Report 2011 - 2012
The Commonwealth War Graves Commission gets fit for 14 -
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
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.
• 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
• Practical steps to combat vandalism in the UK and
• 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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