The Commonwealth War Graves Commission are introducing walking tours across Great Britain to help people discover the World War heritage on their doorstep.
The free guided tours will take place from July to October at cemeteries around the country, giving local residents and visitors alike the chance to discover the stories of the men and women who are buried in their community.
Each of our tours will be led by local residents, including former CWGC interns, who have been trained as tour guides and speakers through our volunteer programme. The tours will reveal the undiscovered stories of those who gave their lives in the war, and the work of CWGC around the world to honour them.
Liz Woodfield, Director of Information and Communications at the CWGC said:
“The Commonwealth War Graves Commission cares for war graves at more than 12,500 locations in the UK and this means there is a way for us all to connect to our local World War heritage. There is a wealth of World War history across all four corners of the United Kingdom, from large CWGC cemeteries and memorials to single headstones in remote churchyards, you're never too far away from one of our sites. We’re encouraging people to seek out the stories in their local area and book onto a free tour this summer”
To find a tour near you, visit www.cwgc.org/tours