10 September 2018

CWGC statement on War Graves in Algeria

The CWGC is deeply saddened by the damage to graves at La Reunion War Cemetery near Bejaia, Algeria, and our sympathies go out to the descendants and comrades of the war dead who will be so deeply affected by this news.


La Reunion War Cemetery contains 211 Commonwealth burials of the Second World War, mainly members of the Allied troops that landed on the Algerian coast in early November 1942 to support the North African campaign, leading to the surrender of the Axis forces the following May.

Algeria 2Algeria 3Algeria 4

CWGC staff members are working with the local authorities to establish the exact circumstances of the incident. We would like to reassure the public that all necessary measures will be taken in order to repair and/or replace the damaged headstones as soon as possible.

Latest News

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

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