Who we are

Introducing the Commonwealth War Graves Commission

We honour and care for the men and women of the Commonwealth who died in the First and Second World Wars, ensuring they will never be forgotten. Funded by six Member Governments, our work began more than a century ago building cemeteries at 23,000 locations all over the world.

Today, over a century after we first began, our work continues through our staff, supporters and volunteers who preserve our unique cultural, horticultural and architectural heritage and ensure that the stories of those who died are told.

Since our establishment, we have constructed 2,500 war cemeteries and plots, and we have erected headstones over more than a million burials at military and civil sites across the world. For individuals who have no known grave, we have built memorials to the missing as places of commemoration. Despite this enormous global effort, largely completed in the aftermath of the two world wars, this work continues today as we alter or construct new sites where we find our job is not yet complete.

The founders of the IWGC were determined that all the men and women of the British Empire who fell on the former battlefields of the First World War, on land and at sea, should be commemorated equally. The CWGC takes great pride in the principles that drove this work, which said that the organisation would not differentiate between the dead on the grounds of social or military rank, or by religion.

This commitment to equality was delivered across the principal battlefields of Europe but we now know this had geographical limits. For many and varied reasons, in other theatres of war, some casualties were treated differently. As well as maintaining in perpetuity the sites we built in the aftermath of the two world wars, the CWGC continues to research gaps in its commemorations so they can be put right. We work to ensure all the war dead of the Commonwealth, wherever they came from and wherever they fell, are remembered as we promised when we were established.

To learn more about our work on historical inequalities in commemoration, see here

Read more about About our work
About our work

Learn about the role of the CWGC, including our customer charter, funding explanation and our strategic vision.

About our work
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Frequently Asked Questions

Have a question about our work? Read our list of FAQs and get in touch with our dedicated enquiries team.

Frequently Asked Questions
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Careers

The CWGC employs people all over the world. Find out about our open positions and apply to become part of our team.

Careers
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Our History

The story of the CWGC, from our beginnings during the First World War through to our position in the world today, over 100 years later.

Our History
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Doing business with the Commission

Read our guidance on our procurement process and find out which opportunities are currently available.

Doing business with the Commission
Read more about Our Commissioners
Our Commissioners

Our Commissioners are appointed for a term of four years with the option of being extended for a further four years. Learn more about CWGC's Commissioners.

Our Commissioners
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Executive Leadership Team

Our Executive Leadership Team oversee the strategic direction of the Commission. Meet the team.

Executive Leadership Team
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CWGC Mobile apps

Our free apps are designed to help you make the most of your trip to one of our sites, whether its researching the headstone in front of you, or deciding which of our sites to discover next.

CWGC Mobile apps
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Our partners

To help us continue with our work, we work closely with various organisations around the world - including our equivalent organisations in other member nations, educational organisation and charities.

Our partners