13 November 2017

In pictures: CWGC marks Remembrance weekend

Remembrance ceremonies took place at CWGC cemeteries and memorials around the world this weekend.

On Saturday, HRH The Princess Royal and Sir Tim Laurence, Vice Chairman of the CWGC, visited the Commission’s Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial; where they laid a wreath during a special Armistice Day ceremony; Tyne Cot Cemetery and Bedford House Cemetery to pay their respects. Princess Anne and Sir Tim also visited the Commission’s workshop in Ypres.

Hundreds visited the CWGC Plymouth Naval Memorial, which is currently hosting the iconic sculpture Poppies: Wave, to pay their respects.


The Commission’s Director of Resources Judith O’Connell laid a wreath at a ceremony in Glasnevin Cemetery, Dublin.


Soldiers from Pirbright joined the Remembrance Parade at Brookwood Military Cemetery in Surrey on Sunday.


Many also attended a ceremony at Tripoli War Cemetery in Libya, which contains 1,369 Commonwealth burials of the Second World War, 133 of them unidentified. There are also 19 non-Commonwealth burials and seven non-world war service burials there.


A reburial service for two unknown soldiers from the 39th Garhwal Rifles was held at Laventie Military Cemetery in France on Sunday. Both are believed to have died in action during the Battle of Neuve Chapelle in March 1915.


A rededication service for 12 Second World War casualties moved from an unsustainable cemetery in Namibia was part of the Remembrance Service at Swakopmund Municipal Cemetery on Sunday. The eight South African and four British casualties were moved from Walvis Bay Cemetery. The ceremony was attended by veterans and representatives from the British and South African High Commissions, and the German Embassy.


On Saturday, the Commission’s Centenary Interns joined the Festival of Remembrance at the Royal Albert Hall in London.


Commission staff from around the world also joined the march at the Cenotaph on Sunday and laid one of the CWGC’s new bio-degradable wreaths.

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