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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.

Commission teams up for Nottingham renovation project

Commission teams up for Nottingham renovation project

29/03/2012

We have teamed up with Nottingham City Council to ensure that Nottingham General Cemetery is a horticultural focal point for the city's upcoming 2014 remembrance commemorations. Click here to find out more about the type of work that has been taking place.

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.