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.

Our work commemorates the war dead, from building and maintaining our cemeteries and memorials at 23,000 locations in more than 150 countries and territories to preservation of our extensive records and archives. Our values and aims, laid out in 1917, are as relevant now as they were 100 years ago.

The Commission's principles are:

  • Each of the dead should be commemorated by name on the headstone or memorial
  • Headstones and memorials should be permanent
  • Headstones should be uniform
  • There should be no distinction made on account of military rank, race or creed

Since our establishment by Royal Charter we have constructed 2,500 war cemeteries and plots, erected headstones over graves and where the remains are missing, inscribed the names of the dead on permanent memorials. More than a million burials are now commemorated at military and civil sites in more than 150 countries and territories.

Click here for a map showing the scale of our commitment

History of CWGC

History of the CWGC

The Commonwealth War Graves Commission owes its existence to the vision and determination of one man - Sir Fabian Ware.

About our history
About our Records

About Our Records

Our archive documents show the details of those  commemorated, and the processes involved in providing appropriate commemoration.

About Our Records
Our Vision

Our Vision

The Corporate Plan is our main strategic planning document. It provides a framework for the delivery of the obligations described in our Royal Charter.

About Our Vision
Our Customer Charter

Our Customer Charter

We aim to offer the best possible quality of service. We monitor our performance on a regular basis and publish a report on our website. 

About Our Customer Charter
How we are Funded

How We Are Funded

Partner governments of the Commonwealth nations share the cost of the Commission's work proportionately to the number of their graves.

About our funding
CWGC Annual Report

Annual Report

The Commission is required by its Charter to produce an annual report of its proceedings, which must be submitted to Her Majesty The Queen. 

About our Annual Report
Our Commissioners

Our Commissioners

Our Commissioners are appointed for a term of four years with the option of being extended for a further four years. HRH The Duke Of Kent is President.

About Our Commissioners
Senior Management Team

Senior Management Team

Our Senior Management Team oversee the strategic direction of the Commission. Meet our director general and other department heads.

About our Senior Management
Careers

Careers

We employ staff across a wide range of disciplines, divided into three main categories: horticulture, structural maintenance and office based.

About our jobs
Our Partners

Our Partners

We have a number of partner organisations with whom we work closely to improve and expand on the services we offer, from museums to charities.

About Our Partners
Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

The Commission has addressed some frequently asked questions. 

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