07 June 2017
More Than €3.9m Given to the CWGC for Restoration Work in Belgium
In a joint ceremony in Belgium today, Geert Bourgeois, Flemish Minister-President and Flemish Minister for Immovable Heritage, along with, Sir Tim Laurence, Vice-Chairman of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC), signed a multiannual premium agreement, worth nearly €4million, for the start of restoration work on 24 CWGC Military Cemeteries in Westhoek.
The grave of 23-year-old Wing Commander Byron Rawson, Royal Canadian Air Force, was dedicated in Canada on Saturday 22 September.
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 Risaldar Badlu Singh, from Dhakla Haryana, who died on 23 September 1918. The CWGC commemorates nearly 74,000 members of Indian forces who served in the First World War.