Today marks the 75th anniversary of Operation Chastise, better known as the Dambusters Raid – one of the most audacious and technically difficult bombing operations of the Second World War.
A burial service was today held for a First World War soldier whose body was found more than a century after he was killed on the first day of the Battle of Messines.
This week (12-20 May) is National Cemeteries Week, which raises awareness of volunteer groups throughout the UK who help keep local cemeteries tidy and safe. More than 170,000 men and women who died in the UK, while serving in the armed forces during the First and Second World Wars, are buried in cemeteries and churchyards throughout the country. Some burials form small war graves plots within larger cemeteries, but the majority are scattered throughout cemetery grounds, many of which are maintained by the Commission with help from local groups.
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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.