CWGC Announces Nationwide Initiative to Raise Awareness of War Graves in the UK
05 November 2013
The Commonwealth War Graves Commission, together with the All Party
Parliamentary War Heritage Group and supported by the In From The Cold Project, has
completed a major project to map the commemorations of more than
300,000 Commonwealth war dead to every parliamentary constituency
in the UK, and to make these details available to Members of
Parliament, community groups and schools.
The initiative is intended to raise awareness of the war graves
here in the UK, and presents a unique opportunity for Members of
Parliament, local communities and schools, to work with the
Commission during the Centenary of the First World War.
As part of the initiative, the Commission is planning a
nationwide, volunteer outreach programme aimed at providing
educators with a comprehensive range of resources and support
materials linked to the graves and in their hometowns.
The Commission's Director Finance and 14-18 Centenary, Colin
Kerr, explained, "The Commonwealth War Graves Commission's work
overseas is well known, but here in the United Kingdom there is
little awareness of the graves to be found in a staggering 13,000
locations, that commemorate over 300,000 Commonwealth dead of the
two world wars. We believe that is not right and through this
initiative intend to do more to help communities, and particularly
younger generations, understand the significance of these graves
and the sacrifices made. In so doing, it is our hope that they
incorporate these places into their learning and commemorative
activities and gain a fuller understanding of the war's impact and
the on-going importance of remembrance."
Lord Faulkner of Worcester, Chairman All Party Parliamentary War
Heritage Group added, "We in the War Heritage APPG congratulate the
CWGC on this initiative and are pleased to be associated with
it. This is the first time that war graves in the UK have
been identified directly by constituencies and we hope that
parliamentarians everywhere will find this information helpful as
they plan educational and other programmes to commemorate the
centenary of the Great War."
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