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
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
contribution to the work and aims of the Commission the Project is
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.