05 July 2017

The Necropolis Line: a CWGC Train Journey from Battlefield to Grave

The CWGC is giving you the chance to follow the final journey made by hundreds of First and Second World War servicemen and women on their way to burial.

On Wednesday 19 July and Saturday 22 July, you can join the Commission on the Necropolis Line from Waterloo to Brookwood, and follow the final journey made by those buried at the CWGC Brookwood Military Cemetery.

The Commission’s experienced guides will meet you at Waterloo. On the train they’ll start by telling the story of the London Necropolis Railway, the means by which dead bodies were transported out of the crowded city for burial at leafy Brookwood in Surrey.

On arrival at Brookwood they will continue with a guided tour of the cemetery, the final resting place of more than 8,000 people. They’ll finish with the story of the formation of this unique organisation at the CWGC Centenary Exhibition: For Then, For Now, Forever.

For more information and to book your free tickets, click on the links below:

For Wednesday 19 July:

http://ow.ly/R6Ps30dhekG

For Saturday 22 July:

http://ow.ly/vlc530dqPK7

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