HRH The Princess Royal and Sir Tim Laurence, Vice Chairman of the CWGC, visited the Commission’s plot at Zeebrugge Churchyard on Saturday, as part of a visit to Belgium to mark the centenary of the Zeebrugge Raid.
A rededication service was held at CWGC Menin Road South Military Cemetery in Belgium, on Saturday for Private Cecil Henry Burns and Driver Henry Martin Comerford, both of the Australian Imperial Force.
Monday 23 April will mark 100 years since the Zeebrugge Raid. One of the most celebrated episodes of the First World War at sea, the Royal Navy attempted to block the Belgian port and prevent the German navy from using it. More than 200 sailors and marines were killed and over 300 wounded. The dead are commemorated by the CWGC at sites in the UK and in Belgium, including Zeebrugge Churchyard which will be visited by Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal over the weekend.
Today (18 April) is the International Day for Monuments and Sites, which aims to raise public awareness about the diversity and vulnerability of the world’s built monuments and heritage sites and the efforts required to protect and conserve them. We have asked the Commission’s conservation team to tell us about four of CWGC’s impressive, but lesser-known sites from around the world. Which one would you like to visit? Vote in our Twitter Poll.
A burial service was held at the Commission’s New Irish Farm Cemetery this morning for Captain H J I Walker and six unknown soldiers, more than 100 years after their death.
As the Commonwealth Heads of Government meet in London to discuss the future of the historic union; the CWGC takes a look into the past with its new exhibition Brookwood: The Commonwealth Story – which will this week feature a poignant reminder of the sacrifice of communities from around the world.