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1914-1918 Memorial Brookwood

CWGC unveiled a new 1914-1918 Memorial at Brookwood

30 October 2015

On 4 November the Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC) unveiled a new memorial at Brookwood Military Cemetery in Surrey, in the United Kingdom.

The Brookwood 1914-1918 Memorial is dedicated to the memory of more than 260 First World War servicemen who died in the United Kingdom and Ireland, or at sea, but who have no known grave. Many of the names are of newly recognised war casualties, whose details were omitted from official records produced during, and shortly after, the First World War.

These missing names predominately relate to soldiers and officers who died of their injuries away from the battlefield. Many died while still in service, but casualties who were discharged as unfit because of their injuries and subsequently died may also be eligible for commemoration.

The cases are coordinated and presented to the CWGC by families, historians and researchers, but particularly a group of dedicated volunteers who have formed the In From the Cold Project. Each case is evaluated and forwarded to the relevant government for a final decision.

The new memorial, designed by the CWGC's architect, is formed of a number of stelas on which names are engraved. The memorial has been designed so that new names can be added as additional cases are accepted and demonstrates that, even a century on, the task of commemoration continues.

You can see the 1914-1918 Memorial in our aerial videos. You can also find out more about two of the casualties whose names are listed on the memorial. You can also read the order of service for the inauguration ceremony.