More than 183,000 servicemen and women of the Second World War are buried or commemorated in the United Kingdom. Some are buried in Commonwealth war graves dating from the conflict. Others are named on memorials erected after the war's end to commemorate those with no known grave such as the naval memorials at Portsmouth, Plymouth, Chatham and Tower Hill, and the air forces memorial at Runnymede.

War Graves in the United Kingdom

War graves can be found all across the UK, partly reflecting the geographical spread of the thousands of hospitals and medical facilities and partly the fact that the principles that were established for burials overseas were relaxed when it came to those who died in Britain.

Some were buried in isolated graves in rural locations. Many lie within churchyards, often within family plots, and some still under the markers that family or friends chose at the time. Many war graves can be found within the municipal cemeteries of larger towns and cities. Sometimes they are grouped into war graves plots, but often they are scattered throughout cemetery grounds.

Others buried in the UK died here while fighting the enemy. Britain came under attack from the air, its coastal waters became a battleground and service personnel were killed in action or while defending the home front. Some died while stationed in base camps or training facilities or in accidents.

Many laid to rest here died far from home. The graves of service personnel from across the Commonwealth can be found all over the country.

Other Home Fronts

There are war graves and CWGC memorials commemorating Commonwealth service personnel all over the world including in the countries from where they came. Some died in the defence of these territories, on land, at sea or in the air. Others were wounded or ill or lost their lives while training.

There are more than 9,900 CWGC commemorations in Australia, 11,300 in Canada, 43,000 in India, 1,700 in New Zealand and 6,300 in South Africa.