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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.

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Officials from more than 30 nations marked the 75th anniversary of one of the most significant battles of the Second World War at a ceremony in the CWGC’s El Alamein Cemetery in Egypt on Saturday.

In this video Edward Toms, now 96-years-old, who was badly wounded in the battle but returned in 1954 to take part in the opening ceremony for the El Alamein Cemetery and Memorial, speaks about the horrors he witnessed and the work of the Commission.

20 October 2017

Casualties of El Alamein

Troops from many nations fought side by side in the deserts of North Africa at the Second Battle of El Alamein in October 1942. Ahead of tomorrow’s commemoration at El Alamein War Cemetery marking the 75th anniversary of the battle, here are the stories of some of those who lost their lives.


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.

Public 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.