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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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16 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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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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11 May 2018

CWGC remembers the brave nurses lost during the world wars on International Nurses Day

Tomorrow, 12 May, is International Nurses Day which is held on the anniversary of Florence Nightingale’s birthday every year to celebrate the contribution that nurses make to societies around the world. The CWGC commemorates more than 900 nurses who died during the First and Second World Wars. Nurses served in all the major theatres of war and the Commonwealth home fronts. From tented hospitals within the sound of the guns, to busy base hospitals, hospital trains and ships, nurses were exposed to many of the same dangers as the fighting men they nursed. Here are the stories of some of the brave nurses commemorated by the Commission.

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Upcoming Events

Leyton Orient Somme Tour

23 June 2018, 11:00

More than 200 Leyton Orient supporters and friends of the club will be visiting the CWGC Thiepval Memorial on Saturday 23 June 2018 to lay a wreath in memory of Private William Jonas, centre forward of Clapton Orient FC who was one of the three Orient players killed during the Battle of the Somme. More than 40 players, staff and supporters of Clapton Orient volunteered to join to the 17th Battalion Middlesex Regiment - The Footballers' battalion.

Thiepval Memorial

Tribute to British pilots of the Second World War

23 June 2018, 10:30

In May 1940, an aircraft was shot down in the Hamegicourt area. The crew are buried in Hamegicourt Churchyard. On 23 June, a service will be held in their memory with the family of Sgt Barrett in attendance.

Hamegicourt Churchyard

Royal British Legion Somme Remembrance Service

01 July 2018, 08:00

The annual Royal British Legion Somme service at the CWGC Thiepval Memorial will take place from 11am. All veterans, friends, family and guests are welcome to attend.

Thiepval Memorial

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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