Sunday 25 March will mark 100 years since Second Lieutenant Walter Tull was killed while leading his men into action. Described as "a class superior to that shown by most of his colleagues", Walter was the football league’s first black outfield player, and later became the first black officer to lead white troops into battle.
A special ceremony has taken place at Abney Park Cemetery for a First World War serjeant major who has been given a CWGC headstone more than 100 years after his death.
On a misty morning in March 1918 a small group of soldiers faced being overwhelmed. Their task was to hold out for as long as they could. There was no chance of relief or rescue. They were led by a school teacher, Lieutenant Colonel Wilfrith Elstob, whose example would inspire them to fight to the bitter end. “The Manchester Regiment will defend Manchester Hill to the last” - was Elstob’s final communication on 21 March 1918.
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Hundreds of items added to the Commission’s new online archive
A second batch of archive material has been digitised and added to the new CWGC Archive Catalogue.
CWGC joins forces with Shrouds of the Somme to launch First World War legacy project
In collaboration with Shrouds of the Somme, the Commission is gathering stories and images for the more than 72,000 casualties commemorated on the CWGC Thiepval Memorial, as part of a major project commemorating Armistice Day in 2018.
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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.
The Commission has created helpful resources for all ages such as mobile apps for if you are planning a trip to one of our cemeteries or memorials.