Caring for the war dead in the UK


The Commonwealth War Graves Commission can confirm that Eyes On, Hands On will be suspended until further notice due to the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic.

In line with government guidance about avoiding non-essential contact it would not be safe or practical to continue to ask groups of volunteers to meet and travel around the country. Anyone who has already registered as a volunteer will be contacted directly.

Unfortunately, we will not be able to accept any new applications to volunteer until a time when it is safe and reasonable to reinstate these projects.

We will retain the details of those who have already registered an interest, unless they request its deletion, and will be in touch at a later date when we are able to begin again.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has offered or already given their time to supporting CWGC’s work to remember the war dead.

The goodwill and proactive support we receive in the UK and around the world is never taken for granted.

Once it is safe to do so, we look forward to once again working with the thousands of people who have offered to support our work in the UK to remember the World War dead.




Volunteers on the Eyes On, Hands On project

While many people know about the Commonwealth War Graves Commission’s work in France and Belgium, there are more than 160,000 war graves spread across the UK which are often less known about.

The Eyes On, Hands On project allows volunteers across the country to reconnect with this history and heritage on their doorstep and help CWGC to ensure these war graves – scattered across more than 12,500 locations – are clean and well-tended.

Once trained as an Eyes On, Hands On volunteer you will be encouraged to visit the churchyards and burial grounds near to where you live. You will be equipped with the know-how to spot the isolated graves which come under the Commission’s care, given training on how to undertake minor cleaning work safely and have a chance to meet new people along the way.

Regular information from these local volunteers will ensure CWGC’s professional teams can be better directed and supplement our cleaning cycles.

Due to the ongoing disruption due to the Coronavirus pandemic, the project is currently suspended. We will update this page when it is safe for the scheme to begin again.

How can I find the war graves near me?

Wherever you live in the UK it’s likely there are war graves nearby. By entering your postcode on the following page you can see what sites are within a 10 mile radius and the details of who is buried there.

You can learn more about war graves in the UK here.

Support for Eyes On, Hands On

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This project has been made possible thanks to a generous donation from Annington.