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22 May 2018

Community embark on worldwide war graves tour in memory of town’s casualties

A community group visited the Commission’s Maidenhead head office to lay a cross on the memorial bearing the name of one of their casualties, as part of a project marking the centenary of the First World War.

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16 May 2018

10 things you need to know about the Dambusters

Today marks the 75th anniversary of Operation Chastise, better known as the Dambusters Raid – one of the most audacious and technically difficult bombing operations of the Second World War.

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16 May 2018

First World War soldier missing for over a century laid to rest

A burial service was today held for a First World War soldier whose body was found more than a century after he was killed on the first day of the Battle of Messines.

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15 May 2018

War graves gardener selected for Invictus Games for second year

CWGC gardener Wayne (Harry) Harrod has been selected to represent the UK in this year’s Invictus Games for a second year running.

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15 May 2018

CWGC interns host guided tours

The Commission’s Centenary Interns will be leading a series of daily tours in France and Belgium from tomorrow (16 May).

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15 May 2018

Take a virtual tour of CWGC plots in your region this National Cemeteries Week

This week (12-20 May) is National Cemeteries Week, which raises awareness of volunteer groups throughout the UK who help keep local cemeteries tidy and safe. More than 170,000 men and women who died in the UK, while serving in the armed forces during the First and Second World Wars, are buried in cemeteries and churchyards throughout the country. Some burials form small war graves plots within larger cemeteries, but the majority are scattered throughout cemetery grounds, many of which are maintained by the Commission with help from local groups.

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Upcoming Events

Commemorative Highland Parade

04 June 2018, 12:00

Commemorative Highland Parade with pipe band especially commemorating those who fought and fell wearing Murray of Atholl tartan. This will be followed by wreath laying and a parade at the CWGC Thiepval Memorial from 18:30.

Delville Wood Cemetery

Commemorative Parade

06 June 2018, 11:00

A commemorative Highland Parade in memory of those who fought and fell, and especially honouring those associated with the Atholl Highlanders.

St Valery-En-Caux Franco-British Cemetery

RBL D-Day 74 Bayeux Commemoration Service

06 June 2018, 09:00

The Royal British Legion will hold its annual D-Day commemorative service at CWGC Bayeux Cemetery from midday. All veterans, friends, family and guests are welcome to attend.

Bayeux War Cemetery

Key events

CWGC joins forces with Shrouds of the Somme to launch First World War legacy project

In collaboration with Shrouds of the Somme, the Commission is gathering stories and images for the more than 72,000 casualties commemorated on the CWGC Thiepval Memorial, as part of a major project commemorating Armistice Day in 2018.

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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