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

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