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CWGC 100 Years

About the Commonwealth War Graves Commission

The Commonwealth War Graves Commission ensures that 1.7 million men and women of the Commonwealth forces who died in the two world wars will never be forgotten. We care for cemeteries and memorials at 23,000 locations, in more than 150 countries. Our values and aims, laid out in 1917, are as relevant now as they were 100 years ago.

Latest From CWGC

22 September 2017

Canadian Rededication Ceremony

The Commission headstone commemorating Leading Aircraftman Hollis Eugene HOWARD (17 Nov 1940) will be dedicated today (22 Sept 2017) at Quebec City Mount Hermon Cemetery.

The CWGC Plymouth Naval Memorial, unveiled in July 1924, commemorates more than 7,200 sailors of the First World War who sailed from the naval base of Devonport. The Second World War Extension was unveiled in May 1954 and bears the names of nearly 16,000 service personnel who were lost or buried at sea.

An appeal for relatives is a search to locate the next of kin for soldiers who fell in war. Could you be connected to any of these individuals?

LEARN MORE ABOUT OUR ACTIVITIEs

Architecture & Horticulture

Horticulture & Works

From the start, architects worked closely with the Commission's horticultural staff to produce designs suited to the variety of climates and terrains of our cemeteries.

Community

Community Engagement

Our Community Teams work with schools and local groups to raise the profile of the Commission’s work using innovative ways to involve the public.

Our Apps

Our Apps

The Commission has created helpful resources for all ages such as mobile apps for if you are planning a trip to one of our cemeteries or memorials.

Explore History & Archives

World Wars

The World Wars

The First and Second World Wars were global conflicts which caused the deaths of millions of men and women and shaped our world.

Archives

CWGC Archive

For practical purposes, the archive collection has been split into two sections: The Commission Archive and The Casualty Archive.

SUPPORT US

You can show your support for our work by joining the Commonwealth War Graves Foundation (CWGF) Supporters scheme or by making a donation.

DONATE

For a donation of £30 a year you can join our global network. Your money goes straight to funding our education and community engagement programmes.

CWGF supporters

The Supporters scheme lets people interested in our work show their support, keep in touch with what we are doing and help us tell the stories of those we commemorate.