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War Graves Week is nearly here – book now! ⏰

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


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 – and find out who you could have been.

Click below to start your experience and meet some of the people we commemorate – 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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Your CWGC newsletter: War Graves Week launches this week – book an event! 📰

This month’s newsletter from the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.


Welcome to the CWGC’s latest newsletter

War Graves Week • Memorial For South African Servicemen World War One • Celebrating Malta’s George Cross • The Fallen Artists Of World War Two

Our second annual War Graves Week is starting on 21st May and there is lots to see and do! This year we are exploring the stories of the everyday men and women just like you, who through their actions and work truly did the extraordinary.

Visit our new website feature which launched this week, Ordinary People, Extraordinary Times which you can find here, and discover how your skills might have been put to use during the World Wars.

You can also learn the stories of ordinary men and women from five key industries who made their mark on history – and find out who you could have been. Head over and meet some of the people we commemorate – then share your story on social media using #ExtraordinaryTimes.

We are also running a fantastic 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 locations across the UK, so come and say hello. Our events list is constantly updated, so please check in regularly to see what events are happening near you here.

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

A new memorial honouring black South Africans who gave their lives in the First World War has been commissioned by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission… Read more.

The site for the new monument in the Cape Town Company’s Garden.

As part of the celebrations of the 80th anniversary of Malta receiving the George Cross, Elaine Zerafa, who provides guided tours of our Imtarfa Military Cemetery, has been speaking to the British Forces Broadcasting Service (BFBS) about Malta’s world war history… Read more.

Two months after the Second World War began, the young Director of the National Gallery, Sir Kenneth Clark, chaired the first meeting of the War Artists Advisory Committee (WAAC). He had proposed the idea and the government had finally approved it. On a dark November afternoon in 1939 they met… Read more.

The Drop. 1944 © Albert Richards. IWM ART LD 3924

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Our latest newsletter is ready for you

Members may want to note the second item related to the discovery of a World War I Canadian soldier.


Welcome to the CWGC’s latest newsletter

An Evening At Brookwood • Canadian Soldier Of The First World War Identified • CWGC Archive Receives Accredited Archive Status • Private Michael Hughes’ Grave Marked After 105 Years
• War Graves Week Nominated For 2022 Webby Award

We would like to invite you to join us for a very special evening of remembrance, history and music in aid of the Commonwealth War Graves Foundation (CWGF).
This unique event will be held at the CWGC Brookwood Military Cemetery on Thursday 26th May. Bring along your picnic and blankets and enjoy this outdoor event. We’ve put together a memorable programme for you, that’s perfect for all the family including live performances from Harp & a Monkey, the Military Wives Choir Sandhurst, Gordon’s School Pipes and Drums and The Purcell School of Music.

By coming along, you will be helping us keep the memories of those who died during the World Wars alive, as all profits from the evening will be going to the charitable arm of the CWGC.

Tickets are available now. Book yours to avoid disappointment!

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CANADIAN SOLDIER OF THE FIRST WORLD WAR IDENTIFIED

The remains of Sergeant Richard Musgrave have been formally identified by the Canadian Armed Forces Casualty Identification Program following the recovery of remains and artefacts by CWGC during a munitions clearing operation north of Lens, France.

Read more about Sergeant Richard Musgrave’s story.

CWGC ARCHIVE RECEIVES ACCREDITED ARCHIVE STATUSCWGC are delighted to have been awarded Accredited Archive Service status by The National Archives administered Archive Service Accreditation scheme. Read more.
PRIVATE MICHAEL HUGHES’ GRAVE MARKED AFTER 105 YEARSThanks to the research of CWGC’s Eyes on, Hands On volunteer Jim Renwick, the location of the unmarked grave of Private Michael Hughes has been discovered, now marked with a Commission headstone. Find out more about Private Hughes’ story.

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CWGC WAR GRAVES WEEK NOMINATED FOR 2022 WEBBY AWARD – VOTE FOR US!CWGC is excited to announce that War Graves Week is a Webby Nominee in the Advertising, Media & PR – Best Use of Online Media category by the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences.
Read more and find out how to vote for us.
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Register now for Walking our War Graves: Normandy

Members might be interested in taking part in this fitness fundraiser for the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.


Registration is now open for Walking Our War Graves: Normandy.

Thanks to people like you, the last virtual walk we organised, in aid of The Commonwealth War Graves Foundation, was a huge success. Therefore, we have decided to create another, but this time in Normandy.

Here’s all you need to know about taking part:

From 25th April – 27th May, the virtual 95km route will start at Ranville War Cemetery and cover the distance between Commission cemeteries that commemorate those who died in the Normandy region during the Second World War.

Complete the distance any way you would like, and from anywhere in the world.

It costs just £25 to enter and you can set your own fundraising target. 

Find out more and take part
Taking part in this challenge will help the CWGF support more key initiatives like our RAF Cadets research project to our first public engagement event in Nairobi, Kenya which saw local students visit Kariokor Cemetery to discover the Second World War casualties buried there.

Together we can keep their stories alive.

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Read the CWGC’s latest newsletter

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


Welcome to the CWGC’s latest newsletter.

International Women’s Day • Appeal for Relatives • Recent Rededication Ceremonies • Join the CWGF Walking Challenge

There are many stories of women from across the Commonwealth who fought during both World Wars, some of whom laid down their lives and are commemorated by the CWGC today. Here in the UK you don’t have to travel far to discover these inspirational stories.

So, who are these women, where did they come from and what did they do during the wars? We’ve picked out some of these amazing stories from both conflicts which might be closer to home than you think.

You can discover more about these inspirational women on the CWGC website.

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See some of our iconic cemeteries and memorials across the worldFor Commonwealth Day 2022, we’ve selected a handful of the monuments and cemeteries that represent the outstanding contribution people from across the Commonwealth made during the World Wars.

From India, to Gallipoli, Canada, and beyond, join us for a whistle-stop tour of some of our most iconic sites around the world.

Appeal for RelativesAn appeal for relatives is a search to locate the next of kin for soldiers who fell in war. Could you be connected to any individuals who died in the World Wars?

We wish to make contact with direct blood relations of the casualties concerned.

If you are related to one of the casualties in our news article and can provide us with the documentation, please contact our Enquiries Team.

Rededications across BelgiumOn Tuesday 8 March, the graves of Sapper Stanley Evelyn Barnden of 17th Field Company Royal Engineers, Lance Corporal Owen James Munday and Private Leonard George Holiday, both of 15th (Hampshire Yeomanry) Battalion The Hampshire Regiment, were rededicated more than a hundred years after they died.

The services were held at the CWGC’s Kandahar Farm Cemetery, Heestert Military Cemetery and Vichte Military Cemetery, all in Belgium.

Get your walking boots on with the CWGFThe CWGF Walking our War Graves: Normandy virtual fundraising challenge starts on 25 April – are you ready to get walking and to raise money for the Commonwealth War Graves Foundation?

Our virtual challenge lets you walk, run, swim, or cycle the route from wherever you are in the world. Track your progress on our virtual map and maybe challenge yourself to raise some money for the CWGF to help support key projects like our Eyes On, Hands On volunteer programme.

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