Commission Plays Key Role in Centenary Press Conference
28 August 2013
The Commonwealth War Graves Commission has played a prominent
part in an international press conference, hosted by The City of
Mons, to outline the city's role in marking the centenary of the
First World War.
The event was held on Friday 23 August, marking exactly 99 years
since the outbreak of the Battle of Mons - the first major
engagement between British and German forces of the Great War.
The conference was chaired by the Belgian Prime Minister, Elio
The CWGC's Lead Director for 14 - 18, Colin Kerr, was among five
individuals invited to speak, including; Deputy Head of Mission for
the British Embassy in Brussels, Katrina Johnson, and several
leading Belgian politicians and academics.
Colin outlined the work of the CWGC, including our plans for the
14 - 18 period, and focused specifically on the British
Government's event to be held at St Symphorien Military Cemetery,
Mons, on 4 August 2014.
Colin referred to the press conference as a very positive and
inspiring centenary event.
He said: "With exactly a year to go, it really gives a strong
sense of what we can expect in August 2014 - with the Commission's
cemeteries and memorials forming the focus for key acts of
commemoration and remembrance."
Images by: Gaetan Santarelli