04 January 2018

Did you know?

We have compiled 9 facts and statistics relating to the Commonwealth War Graves Commission you might find interesting and useful.

  • Of the almost 1.7m servicemen and women the Commission commemorates, more than 200,000 graves are of unidentified individuals
  • The Commission commemorate more than 67,000 civilians who died during the Second World War. Their names are listed on a roll of honour, housed near St George's Chapel in Westminster Abbey, London
  • In addition to commemorating the Commonwealth forces, CWGC maintains more than 40,000 war graves of other nationalities and over 53,000 non-war military and civilian graves on a repayment basis
  • 710 hectares of ground is controlled by the CWGC, which covers an area equivalent to 994 football pitches
  • The cemetery extension at Forceville Communal Cemetery and Extension was one of the first Commission sites to be built after the First World War
  • The last Commission cemetery and memorial to be unveiled after the Second World War was in Ambon, Indonesia, in June 1967
  • Fromelles (Pheasant Wood) Military Cemetery in France is the newest Commission cemetery - dedicated in 2010
  • There are 1,385 crosses of sacrifice and 336 stones of remembrance in Commission cemeteries and memorials
  • More than 3m people searched the Commission’s online database last year

Latest News

Today (18 April) is the International Day for Monuments and Sites, which aims to raise public awareness about the diversity and vulnerability of the world’s built monuments and heritage sites and the efforts required to protect and conserve them. We have asked the Commission’s conservation team to tell us about four of CWGC’s impressive, but lesser-known sites from around the world. Which one would you like to visit? Vote in our Twitter Poll.

The first wave of 2018 CWGC Centenary Interns have arrived in France and Belgium, working with the Commission at some of the most important sites commemorating those who died in the two world wars.

As the Commonwealth Heads of Government meet in London to discuss the future of the historic union; the CWGC takes a look into the past with its new exhibition Brookwood: The Commonwealth Story – which will this week feature a poignant reminder of the sacrifice of communities from around the world.