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

A burial service for four Canadian First World War soldiers will take place at 13:30 at the Commonwealth War Graves Commission’s Loos British Cemetery in France.

Ten thousand members of the public will be invited to march past the Cenotaph to mark the centenary of the Armistice later this year, Culture Secretary Jeremy Wright announced today.

A mixed group of German and British soldiers from the Allied Rapid Reaction Corps (ARRC), based in Innsworth, Gloucester, will visit Guernsey 10-20 July 2018.