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.
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?
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.
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.