On 21 May 1917, the Imperial War Graves Commission (now Commonwealth War Graves Commission) was established by Royal Charter by Sir Fabian Ware. From the outset, the Commission set the highest standards for all its work and appointed the most eminent architects of the day to begin the work of the design and construction of the cemeteries and memorials.



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Architecture & Horticulture

Caring for Sites

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.

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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.

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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.

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