The Battle of the Somme - The 12 Battles of the Somme (1 July - 18 November, 1916) - CWGC

Useful Links

The Commonwealth War Graves Commission works in close association with many other organisations to achieve its task of the commemorating those who died in the two world wars. In addition, there are many organisations that have a presence on the world wide web which may be of interest. The Commission is not responsible for the content of external internet sites.

Member Government Links

The Canadian Virtual War Memorial
This web site, built and maintained  by Veterans Affairs Canada, contains information about more than 116,000 Canadians and Newfoundlanders who have lost their lives in major conflicts since 1884. In addition to being a tribute to the men and women who served and gave their lives for Canada, the web site has a searchable database and the facility for members of the public to contribute to the memorial by submitting images, letters and other memorabilia.

Office of Australian War Graves

Heritage Affairs. Ministry for Culture and Heritage, New Zealand
An Agency of the Commission, responsible for war graves in New Zealand.

Veterans Affairs Canada

The Canadian Letters and Images Project
An archive of war related material focussing on the personal aspect of war.


The Australian War Memorial

The Canadian War Museum

l'Historial de la Grande Guerre

The Imperial War Museum, United Kingdom

Somme Exhibition
To mark the 90th Anniversary of the Battle of the Somme, The Imperial War Museum have launched an online exhibition making use of the museum's extensive sound, photo and film archives as well as putting on display some extraordinary artefacts to explore the personal stories of the people that were involved in Britain's most costly land battle. CLICK HERE to visit the website.

The In Flanders Fields Museum, Ieper
Situated in the old Cloth Hall at the centre of Ieper, the museum provides an insight into the lives and hardships of ordinary people at the front and at home during the First World War.

The Juno Beach Centre

The National Archives

The National Army Museum

The Royal Air Force Museum

The Second World War Experience Centre
The Centre was created to collect, document, preserve, exhibit and interpret the surviving material evidence and associated information of the men and women who participated in the Second World War in whatever capacity.

The Royal Engineers Museum

War Grave Organisations

The American Battle Monuments Commission

The Oorlogsgravenstichting/Netherlands War Graves Foundation

The German War Graves Commission is a public service organisation. Duties:
-  Acquisition, maintenance and care of the German War Graves
- Tending to next of kin
- Youth and educational work
- Preservation of the memory to the sacrifices of war and despotism.

French War Casualties The French Ministry of Defence wesbite records all French casualties of the First World War and in the near future it will record certain Second World War casualties.

Charities and Veteran Support

The Royal British Legion - Commonwealth War Cemetery Visits
The Royal British Legion specialises in visits to the Commonwealth War Cemeteries and Memorials and to campaign areas world-wide. Anyone may apply. The Legion also administers the Government Grant in Aid Scheme which enables British war widows, who have not done so before, to visit their husband's grave or memorial overseas with the aid of a substantial grant. Each Pilgrimage is fully escorted and include medical staff.

Royal British Legion Industries
Royal British Legion Industries (RBLI) is a separate charity working very closely with the Legion providing employment, housing and support for disabled ex-Servicemen and women and their families.  They have an online mail order operation, 'SupplyLines', which produces the Legion's annual gift catalogue.

The Scottish Poppy Appeal or The Earl Haig Fund Scotland

The National Ex-Prisoners of War Association

AJEX - The Association of Jewish Ex-servicemen and women.

Veterans Agency is the single point of contact within the Ministry of Defence for providing information, help and advice on issues of concern to veterans and their families via its Free Helpline

Callers to the Helpline can receive advice on a wide range of subjects such as welfare issues, war pensions, service records, medals and military graves. Veterans Agency has close links with ex-Service organisations, voluntary groups and statutory bodies such as Social Services.

In addition, Veterans Agency is responsible for the management of the War Pensioners Welfare Service (WPWS) and Ilford Park Polish Home (IPPH).

Further Reading

The Western Front Association

World War 1 1914-1918

Photographic Services

The War Graves Photographic Project is a voluntary project which is currently working towards obtaining a photograph of each Commission headstone and memorial.

Photographs of all First World War cemeteries in France and Belgium. Various other sites are also photographed.

Military Burials in South Africa - photographs of Commonwealth war graves and other military burials.


Battle of Arnhem this site was set up by a Dutch organisation, the Market Garden Foundation. It contains a roll of honour and full details of the battle.

The History Channel
The History Channel's website provides articles from well known historians as well as links to other websites within the history community. The History Classroom, with materials provided by History Review magazine, provides research and study support materials for teachers, and multi-media links to help GCSE and A-level history student.

The Somme Tourist Board - Somme Battlefields

The Somme Remembrance Association

The George Cross Database provides up-to-date information, facts and figures for all recipients of this award.

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