10 January 2018

Stories from the Thiepval Memorial

Do you have a photo, letter or the diary of a casualty commemorated on the CWGC Thiepval Memorial? Hundreds of people have already shared their images and stories, but we need your help as we aim to put a face to the more than 72,000 names engraved on the memorial.


In collaboration with Shrouds of the Somme, the Commission is collating the photos and details of the lives of the casualties commemorated on Thiepval, as part of a major project commemorating Armistice Day in 2018.

So far we have gathered the stories of more than 300 casualties. Can you help us build on this?

Here are some of the photos and stories already submitted:


The Shrouds of the Somme project will mark the centenary of the end of the First World War in 2018, with 72,396 hand-stitched shrouded figures laid out in London’s Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park to represent every name on the Thiepval Memorial. The scale of the sacrifices will be laid bare as the small figures fill more than 5,000 square metres on show for members of the public to pay their respects.

Through the collation of photos and details of the lives of the casualties commemorated on the memorial we will humanise the names and help future generations discover and cherish the stories of those who gave their today for our tomorrow.


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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