29 November 2017
Cambrai 100: View from the turret
The 100th anniversary of the First World War battle best-known today for the role played by tanks was marked last week at CWGC cemeteries in France, where many lost in the fighting are now buried. The Commission’s Assistant Director General Mike Bullen, himself a former member of the Royal Armoured Corps, accompanied CWGC Commissioner Sir Bill Rollo at a service at the end of the commemorative week. Here he reflects on the commemorations and the battle’s impact on the use of arms today.
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.