Commonwealth War Graves Commission
For over one hundred years the Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC) has honoured the 1.7 million men and women of the Commonwealth forces who died in the First and Second World Wars and ensures they will never be forgotten. Their work commemorates the war dead, from building and maintaining our cemeteries and memorials at 23,000 locations in more than 150 countries and territories to the preservation of our extensive UNESCO accredited records and archives. Their values and aims, laid out in 1917, are as relevant now as they were 100 years ago.
In 2017, 100 years since the formation of the Commission the Commonwealth War Graves Foundation (CWGF) was established. The Foundation seeks to engage young people and the wider community in the story of common sacrifice and shared history, highlighting the work of the Commission by telling the stories of the 1.7m people the CWGC commemorates.
In this anniversary year, CWGC has partnered with The Royal British Legion to say Thank You to the First World War generation – all who served sacrificed and changed our world. The organisation marked this period with a range of commemorative activities including the release of a range of new archive materials featuring some of the Commissions earliest architectural plans.
Find out more about the work of the Commission at cwgc.org.