Explore our West Region

The West region includes cemeteries and memorials in Blaenau Gwent, Bridgend, Bristol, Caerphilly, Carmarthenshire, Cardiff, Ceredigion, Gloucestershire, Herefordshire, Merthyr Tydfil, Monmouthshire, Neath Port Talbot, Newport, Pembrokeshire, Powys, Rhondda Cynon Taf, Swansea, Torfaen and the Vale of Glamorgan.

In this region the CWGC commemorates almost 27,000 service personnel at more than 1,300 locations.

CWGC West Region

Meet the team

 

Hi, I’m Sarah and I’m the Public Engagement Coordinator for the West and West Central regions. My interest with the Commission’s work began when I started to trace my own family history and I became fascinated with the information to be found on the CWGC website.

One of the most significant sites in my region is Cannock Chase War Cemetery and one of the most enjoyable aspects of my role is to be able to visit there, often with tour or school groups. As one of the UK’s ‘Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty’ Cannock Chase really is a superb setting and the cemetery is a source of incredible local history from both World Wars.  

I have experienced some very moving moments working for CWGC and these will remain with me. Many involve helping individuals to discover the resting place of their relatives. They are often quite emotional to have uncovered their past, much of which may have been lost to them for a great many years and are grateful to find that these graves will be cared for in perpetuity. 

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To get in touch with your regional public engagement coordinator, please email public.engagement@cwgc.org

Hi, I’m Andy and I am the Regional manager for the Commissions work across the West of England and Wales.

I have been with the CWGC since 1988, a job which has taken me all over the world from France to Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Sudan, Germany and now Wales! In total my team are responsible for the care of over 29,000 war graves at more than 2,500 locations across the West and West (Central) Regions.

I have five maintenance teams across the West Regions. Two are teams of skilled maintenance craftsmen based in the Cardiff and Coventry area who are responsible for cleaning and inspecting headstones, while the three horticultural teams based at Beachley and Cannock, maintain the horticultural elements of the sites.

The vast majority of sites we work at across the West Region have only one or two war graves and my teams spend a lot of time on the road visiting each one on a regular basis. We do however have several large cemeteries in the West Region that contain many Commonwealth graves such as Cardiff (Cathay) Cemetery.

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Hi, I’m Neil and I am the Regional Operations Coordinator for the West of England and Wales. I oversee the day to day operations of our craftsmen and gardeners. My time is split between hands on work and administration duties.

I often spend most of my time traveling the entire region, inspecting sites ahead of the maintenance team arriving, creating a list of work for them to undertake when they arrive. Our horticultural staff work to a 10-day operational cycle at the sites where the Commission have full responsibility for the maintenance, such as at Cannock Chase War Cemetery. At other locations, where we work alongside local authority staff, we visit every 6 to 8-weeks to carrying out top up maintenance.

The West and West Central region consists of 30 counties and our aim is to inspect and carry out maintenance duties constantly within a 30-month cycle.

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Cardiff (Cathays) Cemetery

Opened in 1859, this is the final resting place of over 700 Commonwealth and Allied casualties.

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Read more about Bristol (Arnos Vale) Cemetery
Bristol (Arnos Vale) Cemetery

This example of a grand Victorian garden cemetery is where the CWGC commemorates more war dead than anywhere else in Bristol. Many were buried by their next of kin, but others are far from home indeed

Bristol (Arnos Vale) Cemetery
Read more about Gloucester Old Cemetery
Gloucester Old Cemetery

Amongst the many thousands of civilian burials here are 254 Commonwealth War Graves, 158 from the First World War and 96 from the Second.

Gloucester Old Cemetery