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War Graves Photographic Project Receives Royal Recognition

20 May 2013

A volunteer group that has sourced and archived over 1.7 million photographs of war graves from around the world will be honoured by His Royal Highness The Duke of Kent at St. James' Palace on 23 May 2013.

The Duke, who is President of The Commonwealth War Graves Commission, will present Steve Rogers, Co-ordinator of The War Graves Photographic Project, with a President's
Commendation in recognition of the outstanding contribution to the work and aims of The Commission.

The Commission's Director General, Alan Pateman-Jones, said: "The Project provides a valuable service to families, scholars and researchers seeking to obtain a copy of the photograph of a grave or memorial - virtually anywhere in the world.

"This service has only been made possible through the efforts of a dedicated group of 900 volunteers, from all walks of life, who recognise the importance for families to see where their loved ones are laid to rest or commemorated. In recognition of this outstanding
contribution to the work and aims of the Commission the Project is awarded the
President's Commendation."

Steve Rogers from The War Graves Photographic Project said that it was an honour to accept this award on behalf of all the volunteers around the world who have contributed to the Project over the years.

"What initially started out as a hobby has turned into an immense archive of over 1.76 million images which has only been achieved by the effort of many people who felt the need to become involved," he added.