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23 February 2018

Cemetery of Great War poets restored

The CWGC cemetery containing the graves of First World War poets Lance Corporal Francis Ledwidge and Private Ellis Humphrey Evans – better known as Hedd Wyn – is being restored a century after their deaths.

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21 February 2018

‘Let us die like brothers’ - Remembering the Mendi

Today, 21 February, marks 101 years since the sinking of the SS Mendi and is also South Africa’s Armed Forces Day. The sinking was one of the worst maritime disasters in British waters, and among the darkest moments of South Africa’s war. The number of lives lost was second only to the casualties suffered by the South African Brigade at Delville Wood during the Battle of the Somme in 1916.

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19 February 2018

3D technology helps restore African memorials to their former glory

The Commission has begun a project to document, restore and preserve its unique memorials in Africa.

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16 February 2018

Appeal for Relatives - Feb 2018 (2)

An appeal for relatives is a search to locate the next of kin for soldiers who fell in war. Could you be connected to any of these individuals?

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15 February 2018

New Zealand remembers

New Zealand’s Minister of Defence visited the CWGC’s Buttes New British Cemetery yesterday to honour the country’s soldiers lost 100 years ago, as part of a First World War battlefields tour in Belgium.

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15 February 2018

Remembering Vernon Castle

Today, 15 February, marks 100 years since pilot and dance superstar Vernon William Blythe Castle died in a plane crash in Texas. Commemorated by the Commission in New York, Vernon was a distinguished pilot who flew hundreds of combat missions. Here is more about the man remembered as one of America’s first celebrity dancers.

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Upcoming Events

Royal Air Forces' Commemorative Service

13 May 2018, 11am - 11.45am

Wreaths will be laid on behalf of the Commonwealth Air Forces and Ex-Service Organisations in honour of 20,458 members of the Commonwealth Air Forces who lost their lives in the Second World War while operating from the United Kingdom and North West Europe and who have no known grave.

Runnymede Memorial

HMS Neptune Association service and wreath laying

19 May 2018, 10.45am

The HMS Neptune Association will hold a short service and wreath laying at the CWGC Plymouth Naval Memorial on The Hoe, on 19 May from 10.45am, in memory of all those who lost their lives on HMS Neptune and HMS Kandahar on 19 December 1941.

Plymouth Naval Memorial

Merchant Navy Day Commemorative Service and Reunion

09 September 2018, 12.30pm - 2pm

The parade will start at 12.30pm in Muscovy Street and proceed through Trinity Square Gardens to the Merchant Navy Memorial where the annual open-air service will be held.

Tower Hill Memorial

Key events

Brookwood Exhibition

Brookwood Exhibition

To mark the centenary of the CWGC’s foundation by Royal Charter in 1917, a ground-breaking exhibition was staged at CWGC Brookwood Military Cemetery near Woking, Surrey.

Centenary events round up

Centenary events

To mark the centenary of the CWGC's foundation by Royal Charter in 1917, the Commission has staged and participated in a number of events and projects.

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