26 December 2017

12 months of CWGC: Review of the year - Part 2

2017 was a big year for the Commission as it marked its centenary, and the 100th anniversary of a number of significant First World War battles. Here we take a look back at the highlights of the last six months of the year.


The BBC broadcast a series of live programmes covering events hosted by the CWGC and UK Government to commemorate the Centenary of Passchendaele – The Third Battle of Ypres.

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Artist Paul Cummins and designer Tom Piper unveiled their incredible Poppies: Wave at CWGC Plymouth Naval Memorial – the first time the sculpture had been fixed to a monument dedicated to remembering the war dead of the two world wars.

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Nineteen unidentified soldiers of the First World War were buried at the CWGC’s New Irish Farm Cemetery in Belgium.

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  • Two events were held at the Commission’s Brookwood Military Cemetery – a free Family day and a special open-air screening of the classic war film, Carve Her Name with Pride.
  • The Commission launched its new website.
  • The second wave of interns to join the CWGC’s centenary programme arrived to take up their posts in France and Belgium.


The 75th anniversary of one of the most significant battles of the Second World War was marked at a ceremony in the CWGC’s El Alamein Cemetery and Memorial in Egypt.

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A service whistle, last used by a young officer on the battlefields of the Somme a century ago, was sounded to herald the launch of the Commission’s new charity the Commonwealth War Graves Foundation (CWGF).

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A bronze portrait bust of Sir Frederic Kenyon was added to the CWGC archive collection. The bust donated to the Commission by the family of Sir Frederic is a replica of the sculpture by James Alexander Stevenson in The British Museum Collection.

Latest News

The recent Typhoon in Hong Kong, Typhoon Mangkhut, has caused damage to CWGC cemeteries.

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.

The grave of 26-year-old Flying Officer David Stein, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, was rededicated in France on Wednesday 19 September.