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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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.Learn about our Work