Lest we forget

Lest We Forget

The Commonwealth War Graves Foundation is working in collaboration with Oxford University to create a digital archive of the First World War artefacts stored in bedrooms and attics across the UK. Funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, we will be staging events across the UK, encouraging people to bring along their family heirlooms and stories to be included in the project.

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Brookwood: The Commonwealth Story exhibition at Brookwood Military Cemetery

Brookwood: The Commonwealth Story

A new exhibition at Brookwood Military Cemetery provides a fascinating insight into the contribution and loss of communities from around the world, who served during the World Wars.

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Battle of Estaires. A line of British troops blinded by tear gas at an Advanced Dressing Station near Bethune, 10 April 1918. Each man has his hand on the shoulder of the man in front of him. © IWM (Q 11586)

The German Spring Offensive

The offensive saw some of the most dramatic fighting of the First World War. Discover the history and stories of those who fought and died and are commeorated by the Commission. 

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There But Not There Tommies at the Tower of London

There But Not There

To mark the centenary of the end of the First World War, the CWGF has partnered with the There But Not There project, a major new art installation across the UK.

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Never Such Innocence

Never Such Innocence is seeking to engage young people in the First World War centenary through poetry, art and song, delivering projects across the UK.

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Faces of Thiepval

Collaborating with Shrouds of the Somme, the CWGC is gathering your stories, diary extracts and images for the more than 72,000 casualties commemorated on the Commission's Thiepval Memorial.

To mark the centenary of the end of the First World War in 2018, 72,396 shrouded figures will be laid out in London to represent every name on the memorial.

Through the collation of photos and details of the lives of the casualties, we will humanise the names on the CWGC Thiepval Memorial to the Missing of the Somme in France, and help future generations discover and cherish the stories of those who gave their today for our tomorrow.


Highlights from 2017

The Commission staged and participated in an array of projects in 2017, from marking the 100th anniversary of Passchendaele to honouring rugby players.

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