HRH The Duke of Kent Inaugurates CWGC Museum
11 December 2013
His Royal Highness The Duke of Kent, President
of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC), will inaugurate a
new museum at the CWGC's newly refurbished Headquarters in
Maidenhead on 11 December 2013.
The museum details the origins and work of CWGC, and aims
to encourage members of the public to learn more about the
organisation's role in commemorating the 1.7 million Commonwealth
war dead of two world wars. It contains a number of unique
artefacts from the Commission's history, which are publicly
available for the first time. This includes a passport issued to
King George V in 1922 for his pilgrimage to the war cemeteries and
a sign from the very first war cemetery at Forceville in
His Royal Highness will also meet with the organisation's staff
and be briefed on its activities ahead of the Centenary of the
First World War in 2014. He will be accompanied by the
Commission's Vice Chairman, Air Chief Marshal Sir Joe French,
Director General, Alan Pateman-Jones, James Puxley, Vice Lord
Lieutenant of the Royal County of Berkshire, and Councillor Andrew
Jenner and Mrs Julia Jenner, Mayor and Mayoress of the Royal
Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead.
His Royal Highness said: "For more than forty years, the Royal
Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead has been home to the Commonwealth
War Graves Commission which operates in 153 countries
"The Commission is proud of its links with Maidenhead and we are
grateful for the good relations we continue to enjoy with our
partners in the Royal Borough today.
"Our efforts to commemorate the fallen of two world wars will
come into sharp focus during the forthcoming Centenary of the First
World War - a conflict which brought the Commission into being -
and the upcoming anniversaries of the Second World War.
"It is my sincere hope that ever growing numbers of the public
will come to know the Commission over this period, visit this new
facility and value the work that it does."
CWGC's Director General, Alan Pateman-Jones, said: "We are
delighted to welcome our President, HRH The Duke of Kent, back to
Maidenhead to inaugurate our museum and see our newly refurbished
"Completed earlier this year, the refurbishment has created an
open-plan and airy environment, better equipped to meet the needs
of our staff and be more welcoming to visitors. "
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