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Danish volunteers honoured for war grave work

13 May 2014

A group of war grave volunteers from Denmark are being honoured by His Royal Highness The Duke of Kent, President of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC), for their work in caring for the graves of those who died during the two world wars. The volunteers will be presented with a President's Commendation by CWGC Commissioner Sir Bill Rollo at the British Embassy in Copenhagen on 13 May 2014 at 1230hrs.

The President's Commendation is a prestigious award that identifies and recognises exceptional work and achievements which go over and above the normal course of duty. Nomination are made by fellow employees and recommendations sent to the President of the CWGC.

"The Denmark Team", comprising Bob Cobley, Soren Flensted, Finn Buch, Niels Erik Stampe, Ole Bang Rønnest and Peer Petersen, was established in 1971. The six current members have served the CWGC for a total combined period of 87 years.  The volunteers have greatly helped to monitor the graves of 1,120 Commonwealth war casualties buried across 129 sites throughout Denmark and the surrounding islands.  Many of these casualties are located in remote locations which are difficult to visit.

Sir Bill Rollo from the Commonwealth War Graves Commission said: "We are extremely grateful to the members of the Denmark Team for their dedication and work in honouring those who died during the two world wars, and whose graves will be found in Denmark. The team has put in countless hours in caring for war graves throughout Denmark and have represented the Commission's interests with great pride and distinction over many years - helping to address problems as and when required, and ensuring that graves and memorials are protected, maintained and are a fitting tribute to those who died.

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