07 August 2018

The Road To Peace

CWGC marks end of First World War Centenary with 120 personal stories to represent the 120,000 lives lost from Amiens to Armistice


The Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC) 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.

•    Road to Peace campaign marks last ‘100 days’ of the First World War
•    120 stories will detail the diversity of those who served and made the ultimate sacrifice
•    120,000 men and women who died between 8 August (Battle of Amiens) and 11 November 1918 remembered by CWGC

Starting on 8 August – the 100th anniversary of the Allied victory at the battle of Amiens – the “Road to Peace” campaign will conclude on 11 November with the stories of 11 people who died on the very last day of the First World War, even as the guns fell silent. The CWGC commemorates a staggering 120,000 men and women who died between 8 August and 11 November 1918.

CWGC historian Max Dutton explained: “Behind every one of our headstones or names on a memorial to the missing, is a human story just waiting to be told. Our 100 day ‘Road to Peace’ campaign will remind people of the human cost of the Great War, the sheer diversity of those who took part and the global nature of that sacrifice and remembrance today.

“We hope it will help humanise this period of history and inspire people to visit both well-known and off the beaten track CWGC cemeteries and memorials where these men and women are remembered."

“Road to Peace also reaffirms our commitment to go on remembering our war dead for now, for the next 100 years, and forever.”

The ‘100 Days’ is a term applied to the final period of the First World War, during which the Allies launched a series of offensives on the Western Front that ultimately led to peace. Not actually a 100 calendar days, the term is a reference to the final period of the Napoleonic wars – from Napoleon’s return from exile, to his defeat at the Battle of Waterloo in 1815.

The 120 stories have been compiled by the CWGC’s team of historians. From famous casualties like war poet Wilfred Owen, through to relatively unknown individuals; from those dying in battle to those who died of Spanish Flu; each story has been carefully chosen to shine a light on the human stories on the costly Road to Peace.

The Road to Peace stories will be shared across the CWGC’s digital channels on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. A story will appear every day – with a more in-depth feature appearing weekly.

For more information, images, spokespeople or more personal stories please contact:

Peter Francis PR and Media Executive: 07766 255884 or 01628 507163, peter.francis@cwgc.org