25 April 2017

Discover Maidenhead's CWGC war history

The CWGC is giving a free fascinating talk at All Saints Cemetery, All Saints Avenue, Maidenhead, on 15 May 2017, at 11am, detailing the incredible lives of those buried there.

There are 61 CWGC war graves at All Saints Cemetery, with one of these graves thought to belong to the world’s first ever woman to fly a jet.

Captain Rosamund Everard-Steenkamp served with the Air Transport Auxiliary and died on 19 March 1946 when, for no apparent reason, the Spitfire XIV she was flying dived, levelled out and then crashed at high speed when she flew from Hamble to Ercall.

There are also eight other men and women who died during active service, all with a story to tell.

On the day, CWGC archivist, Andrew Fetherston and historian, Max Dutton, will give an insightful talk about these brave people who gave their lives during both world wars, as their stories are little known.

A small exhibition on the lives of those buried that CWGC cares for at the cemetery will also be available.

The talk is free but ticketed and can be booked online here at Eventbrite.

Everyone in the UK has at least one war grave within three miles of their front door, and the CWGC wants to encourage people to go out and learn about their local war history and the people who helped shape the country we know today.

In the UK, there are more than 300,000 CWGC graves and commemorations in 12,000 locations.

Both wars touched the whole world, and at least two of the women buried at All Saints Cemetery lost their husbands during active service, of which the CWGC also cares for in South Africa and at Runnymede Memorial, Surrey.

All Saints Cemetery has also received its first ever CWGC sign at the entrance to let people know war graves are there.

The CWGC is commemorating its centenary this year, and has many exciting projects happening, such as installing an artisan garden at the Royal Chelsea Flower Show in May and hosting a fascinating exhibition at its largest UK site, Brookwood Military Cemetery, Surrey, from 20 May.

To find war graves close to where you live or are visiting, download our free War Graves app.

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