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War graves in the UK: A unique approach to commemoration and care

War graves in the UK: A unique approach to commemoration and care

31/10/2014

In this article we look at why there are more than 300,000 Commonwealth war dead commemorated in the United Kingdom, who looks after them and how and why our approach is different to anywhere else in the CWGC.

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/