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CWGC 100 Years

About the Commonwealth War Graves Commission

The Commonwealth War Graves Commission ensures that 1.7 million men and women of the Commonwealth forces who died in the two world wars will never be forgotten. We care for cemeteries and memorials at 23,000 locations, in more than 150 countries. Our values and aims, laid out in 1917, are as relevant now as they were 100 years ago.

Latest From CWGC

Wednesday 20 September marks 100 years since the Battle of Menin Road Ridge began in 1917. Here are 8 facts about the battle.

To mark the visit of Poppies: Wave to CWGC Plymouth Naval Memorial and the centenary of the First World War, an exciting learning programme has been designed for schools and teachers by 14-18 NOW in partnership with the CWGC Engagement Team.

A rededication service for Lance Corporal William Loney was held at CWGC Arnhem Oosterbeek War Cemetery in the Netherlands yesterday.


Architecture & Horticulture

Horticulture & Works

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.


Community Engagement

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.

Our Apps

Our Apps

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.

Explore History & Archives

World Wars

The World Wars

The First and Second World Wars were global conflicts which caused the deaths of millions of men and women and shaped our world.


CWGC Archive

For practical purposes, the archive collection has been split into two sections: The Commission Archive and The Casualty Archive.


You can show your support for our work by joining the Commonwealth War Graves Foundation (CWGF) Supporters scheme or by making a donation.


For a donation of £30 a year you can join our global network. Your money goes straight to funding our education and community engagement programmes.

CWGF supporters

The Supporters scheme lets people interested in our work show their support, keep in touch with what we are doing and help us tell the stories of those we commemorate.