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

15 October 2018

Shaping Our Sorrow

Shaping a nation’s sorrow: CWGC launches new online exhibition to mark the end of the First World War centenary

The CWGC is deeply saddened by the vandalism to the Halifax Memorial in Point Pleasant Park in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, and our sympathies go out to the descendants and comrades of the war dead who will be so deeply affected by this news.

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 Josephine Carr, from Cork who died on 10 October 1918. The CWGC commemorates a staggering 120,000 men and women who died between 8 August and 11 November 1918