Commemorating The Fallen
The Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC) honours the 1.7 million men and women of the Commonwealth forces who died in the First and Second World Wars, and ensures they will never be forgotten.
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Our casualty database contains information about the 1.7 million men and women of the Commonwealth forces who died during the two world wars.Find war dead
We are saddened to confirm that despite the ongoing Coronavirus crisis, a war grave plot in the north of England has been vandalised. The recently laid turf at Leeds (Harehills) Cemetery was ripped up and thrown at the Cross of Sacrifice and screen wall, bearing the names of World War dead.
Our charity arm, the Commonwealth War Graves Foundation (CWGF) has introduced a new interactive way for families and young women to explore the story of the remarkable spy princess, Noor Inayat-Khan.
THIEPVAL MEMORIAL – RESTORATION
The second phase of a major restoration project at the Thiepval Memorial to the Missing, France, was due to start mid-May 2020 – however due to the restrictions in place due to Covid-19 this work has been postponed to early-2021 and is scheduled to end in May 2022.
During these essential works, access to the memorial will not be possible, but CWGC will be providing innovative new ways of exploring the site through a ground-breaking digital exhibition.
The island of Malta played an important role in both world wars. Today, CWGC continues to care of the casualties left behind. Find out more about the work of the Commission and the people that make it happen.
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The Commonwealth War Graves Foundation (CWGF) is a charitable foundation that highlights the work of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC) by telling the stories of the 1.7m people the CWGC commemorates.
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First World War
The war began in August 1914 as a conflict between European powers, but soon engulfed the world, resulting in millions of deaths before the Armistice of 1918.
Second World War
The war began in Europe in September 1939 as a conflict between Nazi Germany and the European democracies, but soon spread to engulf the world.
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From the start, architects worked closely with the Commission's horticultural staff to produce designs suited to the variety of climates and terrains of our cemeteries.
Our Community Teams work with schools and local groups to raise the profile of the Commission’s work using innovative ways to involve the public.
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