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Historic Flypast Over CWGC Arras Memorial Commemorates WWI Aviators

Historic Flypast Over CWGC Arras Memorial Commemorates WWI Aviators

13/08/2014

13 August 2014, Arras, France – A flypast over the CWGC’s Arras Flying Services Memorial by a replica WWI biplane, followed by Tornados of the Royal Air Force, will commemorate the sacrifice of pioneer aviators during the Great War.

British Minister discovers the story of Khartoum War Cemetery

British Minister discovers the story of Khartoum War Cemetery

09/03/2012

British International Development Minister Stephen O’Brien took the opportunity to lay a wreath of remembrance for fallen Commonwealth soldiers while in Khartoum last week. Mr O’Brien completed an official visit to Sudan with a guided tour of the Khartoum War Cemetery courtesy of Carl Milburn, Honorary Supervisor of the site. He was briefed on the work of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission in the region and made aware of the individual stories of a number of men decorated for Gallantry or distinguished service in Sudan.

Trial of rabbit-proof planting scheme

Trial of rabbit-proof planting scheme

09/03/2012

An eighteen month trial has begun at selected cemeteries to protect plants from being eaten by rabbits. The planting design, in blocks, together with the careful choice of plants, will help to build up resistance to the rabbits. As shown here in Aldershot Cemetery, the plants will be protected with cloches while they get established, to give the trial the best chance of success. Notices have been put in the trial cemeteries to keep the visitors informed.

Maltese Servicemen honoured in Flanders

Maltese Servicemen honoured in Flanders

01/01/2012

On the 2nd December 2011, the Embassy of Malta in Belgium held a Commemorative Service in honour and remembrance of the Maltese Servicemen who fell on the western front in the two world wars.

Famous Olympians: Captain Noel Chavasse VC and Bar

Famous Olympians: Captain Noel Chavasse VC and Bar

01/01/2012

"A Gallant and Devoted Officer" - Captain Noel Godfrey Chavasse VC and Bar, MC, RAMC. Noel Chavasse is buried at the Brandhoek New Military Cemetery, looked after by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission. His headstone shows his two Victoria Crosses.

Tunisia: Working behind the scenes

Tunisia: Working behind the scenes

01/01/2012

Work has recently been carried out at Medjez El Bab War in Tunisia, to try to remove mineral staining from headstones and other structures within the cemetery (record building, shelter building, steps and Stone of Remembrance).

Jhansi (Lynchgate) Cantonment Cemetery

Jhansi (Lynchgate) Cantonment Cemetery

01/01/2012

88 year old Mrs. M.R. Cantem, better known as Peggy or Aunty Peggy, is one of the most popular figures in Jhansi today. She was all set to migrate to the UK but when her husband passed away in 1986, she changed her mind and stayed to work with the local community. In 2004, Peggy decided to restore the Jhansi Lynchgate Cemetery, which along with 62 Commission cantonment graves, has graves dating back to the era of the Sepoy Mutiny in 1857.

Biplane Tribute to the Fallen

Biplane Tribute to the Fallen

01/01/2012

At 11 am on 11 November this year, Pilot Stewart Smith led an extraordinary tribute to the fallen of the Great War in his replica First World War biplane – a De Haviland DH2 open cockpit “pusher” aircraft – as he overflew the Commission’s largest memorial to the missing at Thiepval in France.

Forever India

Forever India

09/11/2011

The Commonwealth War Graves Commission is pleased to announce that our new education microsite - Forever India - has gone live at http://www.cwgc.org/foreverindia/