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.

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.

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

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?

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.

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.

Tomorrow marks the 60th anniversary of the unveiling of the CWGC Rangoon Memorial in Myanmar by General Sir Francis Festing, Commander in Chief of Far East Land Forces, on 9 February 1958.

A service of remembrance was held at the CWGC’s Kilnaughton Military Cemetery on the Scottish island of Islay this week to mark the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the British vessel the SS Tuscania.

The Commission commemorates almost 30,000 members of New Zealand forces who died during the two world wars. Here are 5 facts about New Zealand forces in the First and Second World War, and some of the CWGC cemeteries and memorials where they are commemorated.