For Then | For Now | Forever

To mark the centenary of the CWGC’s foundation by Royal Charter in 1917, a ground-breaking exhibition was staged at CWGC Brookwood Military Cemetery near Woking, Surrey. It was officially opened on Saturday 20 May 2017 by English actor and adventurer Brian Blessed OBE and ran for six months.

For Then, For Now, Forever celebrated the first 100 years of the CWGC. Curated by CWGC Archivist Andrew Fetherston, it was staged in the Grade 1 listed Canadian Records Building at Brookwood Military Cemetery – the largest CWGC site in the UK with more than 5,000 burials and 3,500 commemorations on the Brookwood Memorial.

The exhibition told the history of the CWGC from its foundation during the First World War through to the present day, using historic objects and artefacts from our archive and collections.

Brookwood exhibition 

Many of the exhibits had never been publicly displayed before. They included an original First World War grave marker and a petition from the 1920s addressed to our then-President, HRH Edward, Prince of Wales. The petition contains more than 8,000 signatures – predominantly from mothers who had lost sons in the war – asking the Commission to reconsider the use of a uniform headstone in favour of a cross.

These and other objects tell the sometimes difficult story of how the vision of one man -- Fabian Ware -- came to forever change the way we remember the war dead.

How to get to Brookwood


CWGC Brookwood Military Cemetery, Surrey GU24 0JB


Events at Brookwood

The weekend's open-air screening in photos

A special open-air screening of the classic war film Carve Her Name with Pride was held at CWGC Brookwood Military Cemetery on Saturday.

Hundreds enjoy free Family Day

Hundreds attended a free Family Day held at CWGC Brookwood Military Cemetery on Saturday.

The Necropolis Line: a CWGC Train Journey from Battlefield to Grave

The CWGC is giving you the chance to follow the final journey made by hundreds of First and Second World War servicemen and women on their way to burial.