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Your CWGC newsletter is ready for you ūüďį

An item from the Commonwealth War Graves Commission that may be of interest.


Welcome to the CWGC’s latest newsletter

Unknown First World¬†War¬†Canadian Soldier Identified ‚ÄĘ Finding Our War Dead ‚ÄĘ Heritage Open Days¬†‚ÄĘ The Dieppe Raid at 80: An Airman’s Account ‚ÄĘ Great War Group Conference in October ‚ÄĘ CWGF Calendar Competition

The¬†identity of a previously unknown Canadian soldier¬†of the First World War in CWGC Regina Trench Cemetery, Grandcourt, France, is now confirmed…¬†Find out more.

Photos courtesy Canadian Armed Forces

Discover more about our¬†Grave Recovery team, what happens when a world war casualty is found and the process behind identifying them…¬†Find out more.

We’re running a range of¬†Open Days throughout September. Come and join us at your local CWGC site to discover more about the history in your local communities, the work of the CWGC and the men and women we commemorate…¬†Find out more.

Friday 19th of August marks 80 years since the ill-fated¬†Dieppe Raid¬†took place. We spoke to Eugenie Brooks about her father‚Äôs actions during this controversial operation…¬†Find out¬†more.

As a partner of the Great War Group, we will attending the annual conference October this year.

We will be taking part in a panel on a discussion about the importance and significance of the Thiepval Memorial ‚Äď the largest memorial to the missing in the world. ¬†We will also be hosting a session of our own ‚Äď subject to be confirmed!

If you are into your First World War history, come and join us.  There are lots of other seminars, speeches, a pop up museum and an evening social. We hope to see you there!

To find out more about the Great War Group and to book click here.

Following the success of last year‚Äôs competition, this August you’re invited to send in images of CWGC cemeteries and memorials from across the world for a chance to feature in the CWGF‚Äôs 2023 calendar. Visit the CWGF website to find out more and enter¬†here.

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Ideas for things to do this summer! ūüďį‚ėÄ

A newsletter from the Commonwealth War Graves Commission that may be of interest to members.


Welcome to the CWGC’s latest newsletter

Who Lived On Your Street ‚ÄĘ What’s Happening In The UK & Volunteering Opportunities ‚ÄĘ The CWGC Experience In France¬†‚ÄĘ Visit The CWGC In Ieper ‚ÄĘ Explore Malta’s War History¬†‚ÄĘ What To Expect When Visiting ¬†‚ÄĘ Learning and Activities
The sunshine has arrived, and there’s no better time to learn more about the world war heritage wherever you’re going to be this summer¬†– whether its on your doorstep, in your local community or on your travels.

We’ve put together a short list of things to do and places to visit so you can make the most of your time in or out of the sun!

In both world wars, Commonwealth men and women around the world left their homes to fight for their country – now we bring the people that lived on your street, back to your street. Our search tool was so popular it’s returned! You can find your local history, showing you¬†who lived in your area, on a street near you, or even in the house you live in today….¬†Find out more.

There is a wealth of world war history across all four corners of the¬†United Kingdom. From large CWGC war cemeteries and memorials to single headstones in remote churchyards, you’re never too far away from one of our sites…¬†Find out more.

Sticking closer to home? Then you might be interested in our¬†volunteering opportunities¬†to get you out and about and to keep active…¬†Find out¬†more.

The CWGC Experience is a unique visitor attraction in¬†Beaurains, near Arras in France¬†that shines a light on the work of the remarkable organisation at the heart of remembrance of the war dead…¬†Find out more.

The CWGC Ieper Information Centre is in the centre of the town of¬†Ieper, also known as Ypres, West Flanders,¬†just a stone‚Äôs throw from the iconic¬†Menin Gate. The centre is the perfect starting point when visiting any of the cemeteries and memorials that commemorate those that fell during World War One….¬†Find out¬†more.

Known as the Nurse of the Mediterranean,¬†Malta¬†played an important role during both world wars. Today tourists from all over the world visit Malta to sample its unique culture, the unparalleled scenery and to immerse themselves in¬†the history of this historic island…¬†Find out more.

Each of our 23,000 sites has its own story to tell. Some are areas of outstanding natural beauty or contain magnificent pieces of architecture.¬†Find out what to expect when visiting a cemetery or memorial…¬†Find out¬†more.

Looking to do some armchair research or just keep the young ones entertained over the school break? We bring together an array of¬†tools, activities, cemetery guides and lots of interesting research material¬†that supports all ages in exploring their local CWGC heritage. Find activity booklets for kids to keep them¬†occupied with word searches and games, or additional guides for the history sleuths among you when at a cemetery or on battlefield visits, as well as guidance and aids to family historians…¬†Find out more.

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In the Footsteps of our Forces ūüĎ£ Are you up for the challenge?

Members are encouraged to participate in this fundraising and fitness activity on behalf of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission and these other veterans organizations.  Our President has already registered.


Are you up for the challenge?

The National Museum of the Royal Navy, the National Army Museum, the Royal Air Force Museum and the Commonwealth War Graves Commission are joining forces for this challenge.

Choose your distance ‚Äď 10km, 25km or 50km, and join hundreds of others across the country walking, running, cycling or even swimming their way to the virtual finish line.¬†How you complete the challenge is up to you.

The¬†Challenge is virtual which means you can participate and complete it wherever you are from anywhere in the world.¬†You can start ‘marching’ on Monday 20 June, Armed Forces Week, and have until Sunday 3 July to complete.

The money from your entry will go towards the three museums, and the CWGC Foundation, which are all registered charities. All four charities preserve the history of the Armed Forces and inspire with stories of sacrifice and courage.

Find out more about the challenge and how you can take part by clicking on the link below:

IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF OUR FORCES CHALLENGE
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Your CWGC newsletter is ready for you ūüďį

A newsletter from the Commonwealth War Graves Commission that may be of interest to members.


Welcome to the CWGC’s latest newsletter

Remembering the King’s Pilgrimage ‚ÄĘ The¬†Story of the D-Day¬†Dodgers¬†‚ÄĘ Grave¬†of¬†Second Lieutenant Edgcumbe Rededicated in¬†France¬†‚ÄĘ A Look¬†Back¬†at The¬†Queen’s Royal¬†Visits to¬†CWGC Sites¬†‚ÄĘ War Graves Week Round-up

100 years ago,¬†King George V¬†undertook a personal pilgrimage to the newly established Commission cemeteries in France and Belgium. Here’s the incredible story of the King’s Pilgrimage…¬†Read more.

They were all too often overlooked but they played a major role in achieving victory in World War Two. This is the story of¬†the D-Day Dodgers¬†and the Italian Campaign…¬†Read more.

British troops D-Day Dodgers wade ashore as the invasion of Sicily begins.

The grave of¬†Second Lieutenant (2nd Lt) Piers Richard Edgcumbe¬†who was killed in France whilst serving with 12th Royal Lancers, has been rededicated in France eighty-two years after he was killed…¬†Read more.

Lieutenant Anna McDermott and Colonel Richard Charrington lay wreaths of behalf of the Regiment (Crown copyright).

Over the years,¬†Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II¬†has visited many of our sites around the world. Join us for a trip through time, looking at some of the Queen‚Äôs most storied CWGC visits…¬†Read more.

Our second annual¬†War Graves Week¬†has come and gone and we’re pleased to report that it was even more popular than last year! Taking place through the week of 21-28 May, War Graves Week included 200 events held across the UK and beyond, to include France, Belgium, the Netherlands and Malta, aiming to raise awareness of the important work of the CWGC.

Our Public Engagement Coordinators led weekend events in their regions across the UK; high street ‚Äėpop-up‚Äô events were held in town centres up and down the country by members of our wonderful volunteer team. Volunteers also supported our work by leading tours and connecting with people right across the UK.

We also had some very positive support from celebrities, including Sue Holderness, Colin Maclachlan, Colin McFarlane, and Andy McNab sharing videos to highlight the campaign.

We were also very pleased to support the CWGF to produce An Evening at Brookwood, a superb family event featuring stalls, tours and live musical performances, which garnered very positive feedback, as well as requests to run similar such events in the future.

Our theme this year was Ordinary People, Extraordinary Times, and included a new website app experience, designed to explore some of the stories of people we commemorate through the roles they undertook during the World Wars, encouraging people to consider who they themselves might have been.

Please do take a look if you haven’t already, the link to the online experience is below:

Ordinary People, Extraordinary Times
Finally, as part of the War Graves Week campaign we also spoke to industry leaders to find out how the World Wars affected their areas of expertise ‚Äď you can listen to their stories here:
War Graves Week: Hear From Industry Leaders
We‚Äôre very thankful to everyone who took part, came to our events, tours and stopped at our pop-ups; we hope to see you again for next year’s War Graves Week!
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War Graves Week is nearly here – book now! ‚Źį

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War Graves Week is nearly here!

Learn about the ordinary people who faced extraordinary times and who you could have been, and book your free place at an event.

Your reminder that our second annual War Graves Week begins this Friday 21st May and there’s still time for you to join us and take part! This year we explore the stories of the everyday men and women just like you, who through their actions and work truly did the extraordinary.

We are running a fantastic free programme of special talks, tours and events taking place across the UK, France, Belgium, Netherlands and Malta throughout the week.

Many events are taking place at CWGC cemeteries and monuments and we will also be popping up at select locations across the UK, so come and show your support.

Check in regularly to see what free events are happening near you by clicking below.

Book Your Free Place At A War Graves Week Event
Visit our new website experience¬†Ordinary People, Extraordinary Times¬†to learn about the stories of ordinary men and women from five key industries who made their mark on history ‚Äď and find out who you could have been.

Click below to start your experience and meet some of the people we commemorate ‚Äď then share your story.

Discover Ordinary People, Extraordinary Times

If there aren’t any events or tours near you, then not to worry, marking War Graves Week can be as simple as visiting your local cemetery and memorial.

With over 1.7 million casualties commemorated at 23,000 locations in more than 150 countries around the world, including over 300,000 commemorated across the UK, there is more than likely a Commonwealth war grave on your doorstep. Use our dedicated CWGC War Graves App to search for war graves near you.

Whatever you’re doing during War Graves Week, remember to share your visits and experiences with us on social media during the week¬†– don’t forget to use the hashtag¬†#ExtraordinaryTimes¬†to add your voice and show your support.
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