The aim of the CWGC archive is to collect, manage and preserve materials which document the history of the organisation, the individuals we commemorate, the cemeteries and memorials we maintain and to make such records accessible to the public. For practical purposes, the archive collection has been split into two sections: The Commission Archive and The Casualty Archive. 

The Commission Archive

The Commission archive contains records concerning the formation of the Commission and its policies and processes. The majority of the records date from the period 1917-1967, although the archive collection continues to grow in response to the ongoing work of the CWGC. The collection consists mainly of administrative files, correspondence, minutes and reports. However, it also includes sizable quantities of photographic material and architectural drawings relating to the cemeteries and memorials which the Commission maintains around the world.

The Casualty Archive

The casualty archive consists of documents which record the details and commemoration location of each casualty the Commission is responsible for. The records include grave registration documents, casualty registers and headstone schedules. In many cases these represent the earliest recorded information that the Commission was able to gather about those who came under its care. These records also acted as working documents for the Commission, and over the years have been amended on a number of occasions as inaccuracies were discovered or new evidence came to light.

Visiting us

We welcome visitors to the archive, and encourage and support the use of our archive collection. The archive is based at the CWGC Head Office in Maidenhead, Berkshire and is open to researchers and the general public by appointment.

The archive is open Monday – Friday, 10am – 4.30pm.

We do ask that you notify us in advance of your intention to visit the archive, which will ensure that we can book a suitable appointment for you and have all of the records you wish to consult available.

Please note that while we are able to answer some enquiries relating to the archives ourselves, we are unable to undertake extensive research on your behalf.

You can request an appointment by contacting us via: enquiries@cwgc.org.