15 October 2018

Shaping Our Sorrow

Shaping a nation’s sorrow: CWGC launches new online exhibition to mark the end of the First World War centenary

The CWGC is deeply saddened by the vandalism to the Halifax Memorial in Point Pleasant Park in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, and our sympathies go out to the descendants and comrades of the war dead who will be so deeply affected by this news.

The Commonwealth War Graves Commission is marking the end of the First World War Centenary with 120 personal stories of those who made the ultimate sacrifice in the last months of the war. One remarkable story is that of Josephine Carr, from Cork who died on 10 October 1918. The CWGC commemorates a staggering 120,000 men and women who died between 8 August and 11 November 1918

The graves of four First World War servicemen, whose names had previously been listed on Commonwealth War Graves Commission Memorials to the Missing, have this week been rededicated with new headstones bearing their names.

Events in Ireland will mark the 100th anniversary of the greatest ever loss of life in the Irish sea.

Members of the public brought in their WW1 artefacts to The National Library of Scotland, to be digitalised to create an online archive, as part of a national campaign; Lest we Forget: Keep Their Stories Alive. This is an ambitious project to create a digital archive of First World War artefacts stored in homes across the UK.

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?

The Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC) is marking National Poetry Day by publishing a specially-commissioned poem by Sir Andrew Motion, former UK poet laureate, as part of its work to mark the centenary of the Armistice.

The following burial and rededication services are due to be held at CWGC cemeteries in October 2018.