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13 March 2019

CWGC Announces New War Grave Commissioners

The Commonwealth War Graves Commission is delighted to announce the appointment of four new Commissioners. They are: Dame Judith Mayhew Jonas DBE, Vasuki Shastry, Diana Johnson MP and the Rt Hon Philip Dunne MP.

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11 March 2019

Appeal for Relatives - March 2019

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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08 March 2019

Aftermath - The Incredible Story of the CWGC's Role after the First World War

This Commonwealth Day (11 March) the Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC) is urging people to pay tribute to those servicemen and women who are buried far from home.

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07 March 2019

Final Lest We Forget roadshow reveals more First World War treasures

Hand-carved mementoes from prisoners of war and reminders of one of Britain’s infamous defeats in the First World War were all revealed at the final Lest We Forget roadshow.

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06 March 2019

Appeal for Relative - Captain Eric Wilson Edwards

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

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04 March 2019

Burial and Rededication Services in March 2019

The following burial and rededication services are due to be held at CWGC Cemeteries in March 2019.

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Upcoming Events

Anzac Day Commemoration

, 25 April 2019, 10:00

Every year on 25 April, an Anzac Day Dawn Service is conducted at the Australian National memorial at Villers-Bretonneux Military Ceremony. The ceremony pays homage to the Australians who served during the First World War and especially those who fought on the French battlefields and in the Somme.

Villers Bretonneux Military Cemetery

Dieppe Canadian War Cemetery

04 June 2019, 14:00

The Sons of Scotland Pipe Band from Ottowa Canada will be laying poppies at all the graves in the Dieppe Canadian War Cemetery to mark the 75th Anniversary of D-Day.

Dieppe Canadian War Cemetery

A Candle to Remember

05 June 2019, 12:00 - 21:00

On 5th June 2019 at 16:00, the Canadian Embassy to France and the French local authorities have jointly organised a ceremony to commemorate the 75th Anniversary of D-Day. After the ceremony, all those who wish to light a "candle to remember" are welcomed to do so between 17:00 and 21:00.

Beny-Sur-Mer Canadian 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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