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Latest News from the CWGC

The latest newsletter from the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.


Welcome to the CWGC’s latest newsletter.

In support of England’s largest festival of history and culture,  starting on 11 September 2020 the CWGC will be offering tours of several of our sites across the United Kingdom as part of Heritage Open Days week. Come along to discover the stories of our sites across the UK, the men and women we commemorate here and to meet our staff who continue our work of honouring the fallen.
We are delighted to be offering tours at Brookwood Military CemeteryCannock Chase War CemeteryHarrogate (Stonefall) Military CemeteryWeston Mill Cemetery, Plymouth and also Efford Cemetery, PlymouthDue to current restrictions, all those who wish to attend must book a place. For more information and to book, please visit the link below. 
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‘I Spy a War Hero’

Looking for something to do with your children as they head back to school? Come along for an ‘I Spy a War Hero’ event on Saturday 12 September at Weston Mill Cemetery, Plymouth, exploring the stories of some of the casualties commemorated here from the First and Second World Wars.

Naval Memorial in Ship Shape Condition

Also in Plymouth is one of our trio of iconic UK naval memorials. The Plymouth Naval Memorial has recently undergone essential maintenance; work has been ongoing for the past few months as the Memorial’s stone planters, which flank the steps leading from the Hoe to the memorial lawn, have been stripped back and repaired with new modern materials.

The Story of the Double Dog Tag

Sarah Ashbridge, a Researcher from the University of Huddersfield, explores how the Commission’s founder, Fabian Ware, was involved in the development of an iconic piece of military equipment used during both World Wars, which played a vital role in the work of Commission staff – the 1916 double identity disc or ‘dog tag’.

Our next CWGC Live, on Thursday 3 September, focuses on Britain’s entry to the Second World War in 1939. Our Official Historian, George Hay, will be joined by Dr Alan Allport and Professor Lucy Noakes as they cover this subject and explore some of the first casualties of the Second World War.
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CWGC Newsletter

A newsletter from the folks at the Commonwealth War Graces Commission.


Welcome to the CWGC’s latest newsletter.

In the run up to the 75th anniversary of the end of the Second World War, a heartbreaking letter from a Liverpudlian soldier to the daughter he never saw grow up was among the moving tributes left on the Commonwealth War Graves Commission’s newly created Wall of Remembrance.

Valerie Gornell shared the last letter her father, Lance Corporal James Ambrose, wrote to her and her mother from the jungles of Burma (now Myanmar) before departing on a mission behind enemy lines that ultimately cost him his life. She was just 19 months old when the letter was written but would remain unaware of its existence for almost sixty years.

In 2003 Val managed to visit her father’s grave in CWGC’s Rangoon War Cemetery, the final resting place of 1,381 Commonwealth servicemen of the Second World War. Val said of her visit: “It was wonderful to finally visit his grave and see how beautiful the cemetery is. This year, being able to leave a tribute on the Commission’s Wall of Remembrance means the world. Just a reminder that my family will never forget my father or his comrades.”

To read Val’s full story, click on the link below.

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To mark the 75th anniversary of VJ Day, CWGC managed to record Val’s grandson reading his final letter. You can watch this moving tribute by clicking here. 

Onward TogetherTo mark VJ Day, we teamed up with The National Museum of the Royal Navy (NMRN), National Army Museum (NAM) and Royal Air Force Museum (RAFM) to create a series of free virtual events for the public to engage with from the safety and comfort of their home. If you missed anything, all the content and videos are available to view via the museums’ individual digital channels.
The Railway ManThe CWGC were delighted to have an opportunity to speak with centenarian Albert “Bert” Warne for the VJ Day anniversary. Bert, a former Far East Prisoner of War, shared his moving stories of working on the infamous Thai-Burma Railway with CWGC’s Senior Public Engagement Coordinator, Megan Maltby. In turn, Megan had a little surprise for Bert.
Our next CWGC Live sees us joined by the RAF Association as we mark the 80th anniversary of the Battle of Britain. The CWGC’s Megan Kelleher will be joined by RAFA representatives to look at their work during this time period and the casualties we commemorate.
Tune into our Facebook page on 20 August at 1pm (UK time) for our live broadcast.
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CWGC Newsletter

One of the few benefits of this year is the fact that so many of the normal activities that we would be unable to travel to attend have shifted to an online format.


Welcome to the CWGC’s latest newsletter.

Between 1941 and 1945, the British Commonwealth forces and their allies fought a bitter campaign against the Japanese in Asia. Whilst VE Day, 8 May 1945, marked the end of the Second World War for many in Europe, thousands of British Commonwealth service personnel remained engaged in bitter conflict in the Far East. From the jungles of Burma to the remote islands of the Pacific, they fought a tenacious enemy across challenging terrain.
To mark 75 years since Victory over Japan (VJ) Day, 15 August 1945, we’re teaming up with The National Museum of the Royal Navy, The Royal Air Force Museum and The National Army Museum to bring you a series of free online talks and events exploring the contributions of the British Commonwealth forces and their allies during the Second World War’s Far East campaign.

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Our #VJDay75 events

Highlights of our #VJDay75 programme include a debate on the legacy of the campaign with historians from across the four organisations, stories from veterans who took part in the campaign and live talks with historians James Holland, Robert Lyman, Yasmin Khan and Julie Summers.

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The Rising Sun

In the first of a three-part series of multimedia articles, we take a look back at the earlier days of the Second World War when Commonwealth service personnel first encountered Japanese forces. We explore the history and highlight the stories of many of those who died, who we now commemorate across Asia.

#ShareYourTribute

Do you have a relative who fought in the Far East campaign during the Second World War? Leave a lasting tribute to them on our digital Wall of Remembrance.

Click here to leave your Tribute

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Discover the CWGC’s new look website

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Take a first look at our new and improved website

Our new improved website, designed using our new visual identity, has been created to make it easier than ever for you to discover the stories of the world wars with us.
Today, we’re using increasingly creative ways to welcome people to our cemeteries and memorials and engage with people on a wide variety of digital platforms. With this in mind, we are embracing our evolving task with a more contemporary website and identity, but one that still reflects our heritage.

If you haven’t already, click below to take a first look at our new website and discover the stories of the world wars.

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What’s new on the website?

Alongside the new look, we’ve improved the search function to allow you to discover and research the 1.7 million casualties we commemorate more easily. You can now get better results from partial details, and visitors will benefit from improved mobile functionality for using the website while out and about.

Our new logo

Our new logo draws inspiration from the Commonwealth Nations icon, with each of the pillars representing our six funding member nations standing together in a common cause. The curved top is reminiscent of the headstone shape we’re known for, yet it is interrupted in the middle, just as two generations were during the world wars. It is reflective, in that the top matches the bottom, representing the past and present, and is stately, reflecting the importance placed on design in those early days of the Commission. Our new logo will co-exist with, rather than replace, the Blomfield design which will remain our official seal.

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CWGC Newsletter

A newsletter from the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.


Welcome to this week’s edition of the CWGC Newsletter
This week is the tenth anniversary of the dedication of Fromelles  (Pheasant Wood) Military Cemetery – the first Commission cemetery built in almost fifty years.

In May 2008, a number of mass graves dating from the First World War were identified at Pheasant Wood, near Fromelles in northern France. They contained the remains of 250 Australian and British servicemen who died in the Battle of Fromelles, which took place between 19 and 20 July 1916. There they remained, undiscovered, for nearly a century until, after extensive research, the graves were discovered.

The CWGC oversaw the recovery of the remains and reburial of these servicemen. Although the remains of fallen soldiers are still discovered at a rate of some 30 a year across France, the discovery of 250 bodies at one site was exceptional; and so, for the first time in almost fifty years, it was decided that a new CWGC cemetery should be constructed. 90 years after these men were killed in battle, they were laid to rest in Fromelles (Pheasant Wood) Military Cemetery which was dedicated on 19 July 2010.
The case of Fromelles shows that our work is just as relevant today as it was one hundred years ago. Read on to learn more about what else we are doing.

Remembering Fromelles

In our next CWGC Live, we mark the tenth anniversary of the dedication of Fromelles  (Pheasant Wood) Military Cemetery. Join us and some of those involved in the construction of the cemetery by tuning into our Facebook page at 13:00 (UK time) on Thursday 16 July.

Learn More about Fromelles

Julie Summer’s book Remembering Fromelles charts the story of the discovery of the mass graves, the archaeology behind the excavations, the question of identification and the process of reburial and cemetery construction undertaken during the course of 2009 and 2010 at Fromelles.

Flemish Government Partnership

A generous grant provided by Flemish Authorities has enabled us to bring forward restoration works at seven cemeteries in the former Ypres Salient. This partnership marks a recognition of the importance of our sites to Flemish culture, heritage and tourism.

Looking for somewhere different to visit in England? Following its closure due to COVID-19, the CWGC’s Runnymede Air Forces Memorial in Surrey has now reopened. With plenty of open space to explore, you can now also discover a fascinating new digital exhibition detailing the life of Second World War special agent Noor Inayat-Khan. Watch the video below to learn more.
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