OPEN DAY AT UK’S LARGEST WAR CEMETERY
02 July 2013
The Commonwealth War Graves Commission is holding an Open Day at
the UK's largest Commonwealth war cemetery - Brookwood Military
Cemetery, near Woking in Surrey - on Saturday 13 July 2013.
Peter Francis, a spokesperson for the Commission, said: "The
Open Day is an opportunity for the public to see how the
Commonwealth War Graves Commission ensures that the 8,500
servicemen and women buried and commemorated in the UK's largest
Commonwealth war cemetery will never be forgotten."
The Open Day will be held on Saturday 13 July 2013, from 10am to
4pm. Gates open at 9.30am and entry is free.
Activities include guided tours; practical demonstrations of
maintenance work and gardening; cemetery renovation in action;
demonstrations of records searches on the Commission's casualty
database; and talks.
For more details please contact: Peter Francis on 01628 507163
or 07766 255884 or by email firstname.lastname@example.org
Notes for editors:
1. The Commonwealth War Graves Commission (www.cwgc.org)
- The Commission maintains the graves and memorials 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
- The Commission operates in over 23,000 locations in 153
countries across all continents except for Antarctica.
- 14-18: A series of 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 Commission will ensure
that these sites are maintained at the highest standard and is
installing information panels at over 500 sites 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.
- The Commission provides teachers and youth workers with a
comprehensive range of educational resources and support materials
so that future generations remain engaged in the work of the
Commission and continue to remember those who died in the two world
2. Brookwood Military Cemetery was established during the First
World War. The men and women buried there had died in hospitals in
the London area of wounds or sickness or training accidents. The
cemetery was extended during the Second World war. It now contains
more than 5,000 Commonwealth burials, as well as an American
cemetery and burial plots for several other nationalities. The
cemetery also contains the Brookwood
Memorial, which commemorates 3,500 Commonwealth servicemen
and women of the Second World War who have no known grave.