13 August 2018

Take a guided tour of the CWGC’s largest UK site

This autumn, visitors to the Commission’s largest cemetery in the UK are invited to join a new series of tours to discover its history and the incredible stories of those buried there.

Brookwood tours 

The CWGC’s experienced volunteer guides will be stationed at Brookwood Military Cemetery in Surrey one day a week from 2 September to share the cemetery’s story.

With more than 5,000 Commonwealth war graves and almost 800 war graves of other nationalities, Brookwood Military Cemetery is the largest CWGC Cemetery in the UK and is the final resting place for service personnel from Australia, Canada, India, New Zealand, South Africa, and the UK and Ireland. The military cemetery was established as the First World War drew to a close and then extended for the burial of Second World War service personnel. Brookwood shares many of its architectural and horticultural features with CWGC sites overseas, including the Cross of Sacrifice and Stone of Remembrance.

During the tour, the Commission’s guides will share the history of the various plots and memorials in the cemetery and the stories of some of the brave men and women it commemorates.

There is no need to book for the tours – just turn up. Tours will begin outside the Canadian Records Building, at the main entrance.

Tour dates and times:

  • Every Sunday in September, October, November and December, from 2 September, at 11am and 2pm with the following exceptions:
  • Sunday 9 and 23 September 2pm only
  • Sunday 14 October 2pm only
  • Sunday 11 November no tours
  • Sunday 18 November 2pm only
  • Sunday 25 November 2pm only
  • Sunday 9 December 2pm only
  • Sunday 30 December no tours

Latest 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 Risaldar Badlu Singh, from Dhakla Haryana, who died on 23 September 1918. The CWGC commemorates nearly 74,000 members of Indian forces who served in the First World War.

The recent Typhoon in Hong Kong, Typhoon Mangkhut, has caused damage to CWGC cemeteries.

The grave of 26-year-old Flying Officer David Stein, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, was rededicated in France on Wednesday 19 September.