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Duke of Kent honours trio's efforts to make Commonwealth war graves more accessible

30 March 2012

CWGC president, The Duke of Kent, has honoured three men for their work to make Commonwealth war graves more accessible.

Bruce Caldwell, Terry Denham and Mike Cole were presented with commendations at St James' Palace for their efforts in tracking down the GPS co-ordinates for about 20,000 of our sites.

Their work will now allow the graves to be found using satellite navigation.

Work began in 2007 when Terry, together with John Hartley, set up a project to research casualties from both world wars who had been omitted from our list of war dead.

He then became involved in marking the coordinates of the cemeteries about three years later by supplying information to Bruce, who had already started plotting their locations.

Mike joined the efforts after touring the Somme area in a group led by Mr Denham.

Terry explained that the project had been a big team effort.

"There are three of us finding the co-ordinates but we all check each other's work.

"It's been a long process, because pinning the location on Google Maps could be challenging."

The trio's work is not yet complete, with sites in Canada and South Africa still to be plotted, but  we are very grateful for all they have done so far.

 Our aim is to make our memorials and cemeteries as accessible as possible to as many people as possible, so this is a fantastic resource.


You may also be interested in following the link to Bruce Caldwell's website - where you can download a file of cemetery locations to your TomTom or Garmin satellite navigation system.