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Commonwealth War Graves Commission Launches New CWGC Centenary Interns Programme for 2017

16 December 2016

The Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC) is seeking applications from the brightest and the best young people aged 18-25 to join a new CWGC Centenary Interns programme in 2017.

The CWGC Centenary Interns will join the Commission for four months, based in France and Belgium, to welcome visitors to some of the CWGC’s most well-known sites. These will include the CWGC Tyne Cot Cemetery near Ieper (Ypres), which will be the focus of the UK Government commemorations of the Centenary of Passchendaele: Third Battle of Ypres in July 2017.

The CWGC Centenary Interns will welcome visitors to, and guide them around, CWGC cemeteries and memorials. They will also undertake research and help offer context and a clearer understanding of both the CWGC and the First World War, from the perspective of people the same age as many of the war dead.

UK Government funding for the new programme was announced by former Chancellor George Osborne on the Centenary of the Battle of the Somme in July 2016, and it will launch early in the New Year. Over the next two years the CWGC expects to bring more than 40 interns to the Western Front, funded by a £600,000 LIBOR grant.

CWGC Director General Mrs Victoria Wallace, said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for young people interested in the First World War to help others gain a real insight into the workings of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, which has done such wonderful work in commemorating the fallen of the two World Wars for 100 years. The CWGC Centenary Interns will be able to welcome and help visitors, and share with them the stories of so many of those we commemorate. It is a chance to be right at the heart of the UK and Commonwealth commemorations in France and Belgium in 2017 and 2018. Please tell any enthusiastic young people you know to consider this great role, playing a part in marking such historic anniversaries.”

Dr Andrew Murrison MP, the Prime Minister’s Special Representative for the Centenary Commemorations of the Great War, added: "Centenary Internships are an exciting, high quality opportunity for young people and an appropriate and enduring way to remember and reflect on the Great War.

"I anticipate a great deal of competition for the places announced today and that participation will have a lasting impact on successful applicants.”

Those wishing to apply can find full details on the CWGC Blog at or register their interest via

For more information, contact Peter Francis, Media and PR Manager: 07766 255884 or 01628 507163, 

Notes for editors:

1. The Commonwealth War Graves Commission (

The Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC) commemorates 1.7 million Commonwealth servicemen and women who died during the two world wars. It also holds and updates an extensive and accessible records archive.

The Commission operates in more than 23,000 locations in more than 150 countries.

The CWGC was founded by Royal Charter on 21 May 1917 and will celebrate this milestone anniversary with a series of events throughout 2017.

The CWGC Centenary Interns programme is part of a series of celebrations to mark 100 years of the CWGC in 2017. It provides a unique opportunity for young people to travel, live and work with the CWGC in France and Belgium over the course of the summer in 2017. Following a period of training, the CWGC Centenary Interns will act as paid guides at a number of well-known CWGC sites.

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