COMMONWEALTH WAR GRAVES COMMISSION LAUNCHES NEW ONLINE RESOURCES TO COMMEMORATE VJ DAY
13 August 2015
The digitised records cover British, Irish and Commonwealth
casualties from the Second World War, together with records for
most other nationals commemorated at CWGC sites: this includes the
records for German soldiers. The release of the CWGC's Second World
War records follows the successful release of the First World War
archive in August 2014.
The documents give a unique insight into the process of
commemoration undertaken by the armed forces and the CWGC during
and after the war, and include details of personal headstone
inscriptions, date of death, rank, regiment and even some documents
which show the journey of the deceased to their final resting
place. The records are freely available to the public through the
CWGC website at www.cwgc.org
Andrew Fetherston, the CWGC's Archivist and Records Manager, said:
"The release of our Second World War archive online opens a new
avenue for members of the public to investigate and remember the
individuals we commemorate."
"With the addition of these documents, alongside records relating
to non-Commonwealth casualties buried in various sites around the
world, it will now be possible, for the first time, to see the
original records of all 1.7 million individuals the Commission
"The archive will greatly enhance the experience of searching the
CWGC's records and will mean that millions of people across the
Commonwealth could discover more about their relatives who fought
and died during the Second World War."
The CWGC is hosting a live Q&A session across the
organisation's Twitter and Facebook platforms on 17 August at
midday to give the public the opportunity to ask questions and
receive tips on how to get the most out of the archived documents.
To take part people simply need to tweet their question to @CWGC
using the hashtag #CWGCarchive or post it on the timeline at www.facebook.com/commonwealthwargravescommission
For more information, contact: Peter Francis on 01628 507163 or
07766 255884 or by email email@example.com
Notes for editors:
1. The Commonwealth War Graves Commission (www.cwgc.org) maintains the graves
of the 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 available online at www.cwgc.org
The CWGC operates in over 23,000 locations in 154 countries across
all continents except for Antarctica.
1914-18: High-profile worldwide events will take place to mark the
centenary of the First World War, many of which will take place at
Commission sites. The CWGC will ensure that these sites are
maintained to the highest standard and is installing information
panels at over 500 to enhance the visitor experience. Smartphone
users will also be able to access additional information, including
the personal stories of some of those buried at the site.
2. Case studies illustrating the type of records being made
available are available on request.