12 April 2017

CWGC & RFU Launch Rugby Remembers

The Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC) and the Rugby Football Union (RFU) are proud to come together to launch Rugby Remembers – a project to honour rugby players from all levels who lost their lives in the First World War.

 

Lewis Moody, former England captain and RFU First World War ambassador, said: “ To remember guys who were far younger than me when they went to war…who gave up everything…is very important, not only for us as a nation, but certainly for us as rugby players.”

Rugby Remembers challenges young people to find out about players from their own rugby club or school who died in the First World War by looking at Rolls of Honour and memorials and the CWGC website to discover their stories.

The best submissions will win tickets to the Old Mutual Wealth Cup: England v Barbarians Match on Sunday 28 May.

To be in with a chance of winning you need to visit either a CWGC UK site or a memorial board in in your school or club and upload a photo to Twitter or Facebook using #rugbyremembers and @CWGC.

Full details on how to get involved can be found here.

The CWGC is the official Military Charity Partner of the RFU for 2017.

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20 October 2017

Casualties of El Alamein

Troops from many nations fought side by side in the deserts of North Africa at the Second Battle of El Alamein in October 1942. Ahead of tomorrow’s commemoration at El Alamein War Cemetery marking the 75th anniversary of the battle, here are the stories of some of those who lost their lives.

Colour footage of the building of El Alamein Memorial has recently been discovered in the CWGC archive. The footage is now part of a display about the Commission’s work in Egypt at the El Alamein Museum, which has undergone a complete renovation to mark the battle’s 75th anniversary, thanks to a collaborative effort between many nations, with the encouragement of President Sisi. Here is a sneak peek of the footage.