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5 CWGC Sites You Never Knew Existed In Canada

This item from the Commonwealth War Graves Commission was brought to our attention recently, and we thought some of our members might be interested.

The original article is available at https://www.cwgc.org/our-work/blog/5-cwgc-sites-you-never-knew-existed-in-canada/


This Canada Day we wanted to highlight some of our sites out in Canada which commemorate those lost during the two World Wars. So, we asked Catherine Paterson, Work Manager for CWGC, to take us through five Canadian CWGC cemeteries and memorials which you probably never knew existed.

The CWGC commemorates over 18,900 war dead in Canada in almost 3,000 sites across the country. These servicemen and women died whilst training in Canada, from wounds or illness upon their return after serving overseas or were lost flying or sailing out of Canadian air bases and ports.

In recognition of Canada Day (01 July), here are five CWGC sites from across Canada that show the range in the kinds of sites where war dead are commemorated, from a single grave to a memorial with the names of over 3000 of the missing.

1. THE SINGLE WAR GRAVE

Visiting CWGC sites in Canada involves travelling over a vast geographical area to a range of different types of sites, including First Nations cemeteries, family farm burial grounds, churchyards, municipal cemeteries, urban columbaria, and memorials on the shores of the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. War dead are buried in single graves, family plots, and military plots.

Of the 2850+ CWGC sites across Canada, 60% are cemeteries where only a single war dead is buried. Seen here is the grave of Lieutenant Roy Leslie Rogers, who died in 1919 and is the only war dead buried in the Oxbow Cemetery in Oxbow, Saskatchewan.

2. THE TRAINING CAMP

Between 1915 and 1917, more than 38,000 soldiers of the Canadian Expeditionary Force (CEF) received training at Camp Hughes in Carberry, Manitoba. Visitors today can see remnants of the trench system built to train soldiers prior to their mobilization overseas, where many later fought at Vimy and Passchendaele. On a slight raise of land, there is also a small fenced cemetery with the graves of six CEF soldiers who died while in training in the summer of 1916.

3. TRAINEE AIR CREW

During the Second World War, Australia, Britain, Canada, and New Zealand established the British Commonwealth Air Training Program (BCATP) that saw over 130,000 air crew trained in facilities across Canada. Several BCATP facilities had associated burial plots in local cemeteries for crew who died during training. One such plot is located in the Knox Presbyterian Cemetery which was nearby to the #1 Bombing and Gunnery School in Jarvis, Ontario. Between 1941 and 1945, 11 airmen of the Australian, British, Canadian and New Zealand Air Forces died while training out of Jarvis. Ten died in flying accidents and all 11 are buried in the Jarvis BCATP plot.

4. FIELD OF HONOUR

A common feature in Canadian cemeteries is a Field of Honour, many of which were established as soldier plots by communities during the First World War. A Cross of Sacrifice has been installed in 26 Fields of Honour across Canada. A Cross was erected in one of the Fields of Honour at Vancouver’s Mountain View Cemetery in 1922. At first glance it appears similar to CWGC cemeteries around the world, but most Fields of Honour in Canada include both CWGC war dead and Canadian veterans whose headstones were provided by Veterans Affairs Canada. Mountain View has the largest concentration of military graves in Canada with 581 war dead and over 11,500 veterans.

5. HALIFAX MEMORIAL

The Halifax Memorial, one of three memorials to the missing in Canada, commemorates more than 3140 soldiers, sailors, and nursing sisters who were lost at sea during both World Wars. It is located at the entrance to the Halifax Harbour which was the main port during both wars where Canadian troops embarked for Europe, naval convoys assembled and departed, and hospital ships returned with wounded casualties. Its location on the shore of the Atlantic Ocean was selected so that it is seen by all ships entering and leaving the harbour.

As part of our To The Four Corners project, Catherine Paterson filmed a first-hand view of what life is like during an inspection tour of our war cemeteries and isolated graves in Canada. Watch the video below to discover more.

The original article is available at https://www.cwgc.org/our-work/blog/5-cwgc-sites-you-never-knew-existed-in-canada/

In the Footsteps of our Forces

An item from Commonwealth War Graves Commission.


Left. Right. Left. Right. Left.

Get your marching boots on and walk with the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, National Museum of the Royal Navy, National Army Museum and the Royal Air Force Museum. 
We are delighted to announce the launch of a celebration of our service personnel in conjunction with this years Armed Forces Week (21 – 27 June). Join us as we walk to remember.

Walk. Share. Remember. Walk, share and remember the stories of the Armed Forces by choosing your distance – 5km, 10km or 25km – and join hundreds of others to walk in honour of those who serve.

The virtual challenge can be completed from anywhere in the world, and every person who enters will be sent a unique medal to commemorate their achievement. All the money raised will go to the Commonwealth War Graves Foundation (CWGF)  and the three museums, which are all registered charities.

The CWGF delivers vital projects to raise awareness of the stories of men and women of the Commonwealth forces during the First and Second World Wars, along with the other three charities who preserve the history of the Armed Forces and inspire with stories of sacrifice and courage.

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War Graves Week draws to a close…

Note the final event today, and the recordings of the earlier events, from the War Graves Week schedule offered by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.


Join us for War Graves Week – A week to remember

War Graves Week • Discover • Learn • Remember
Today marks the final day of our first ever War Graves Week. We have been blown away by the support we have received and the number of people joining us for tours and events around the United Kingdom and getting involved online with us using the hashtag #WarGravesWeek, and want to thank everyone who has taken part already.
Our final event of the week will be taking place today in Harrogate (Stonefall) Cemetery. There’s still time to grab your tickets to a free walking tour if you live locally, or alternatively you can join us at the cemetery virtually for our final live broadcast at 6:30pm (UK time) tonight on FacebookYouTubeLinkedIn or on our website for the closing ceremony.
DISCOVER: There are still a number of talks and tours happening across the UK this weekend if you are yet to join us for a free walking tour of our sites. Alternatively, you can book a free talk for your own group, school or organisation to learn more about the CWGC, our history, our horticulture or our architecture.
LEARN: We have been involved in plenty of activity over the week that you can still catch up on, including a number of podcasts. Listen to us talk all things #WarGravesWeek in: Mentioned in Dispatches, a First World War podcast from the Western Front Association; the Old Front Line, a First World War podcast with military historian and battlefield guide Paul Reed; and Khaki Malarkey, a weekly podcast hosted by Phoebe Style and former Commonwealth War Graves Foundation intern Olivia Smith.
REMEMBER: Those who gave their lives in the World Wars came from our local communities, walked on our streets, and we want you to keep their memory alive. You can still use our postcode search to enter a UK postcode and discover service personnel who came from your local area, or search for any casualty and download a commemorative Tribute to display in your window to highlight those who died in the World Wars this War Graves Week.
It might be the end of #WarGravesWeek, but that doesn’t mean you can’t continue to discover more about your local connection to the World Wars. The men and women who fought and died in the two World Wars are commemorated in cemeteries and on memorials which were built, and are maintained to this day, by the CWGC at more than 23,000 locations in over 150 countries and territories – and there is more than likely a story just waiting to be told on your doorstep.
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War Graves Week – A week to Remember

Please note this week of remembrance activities planned by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission over the next week or so.


Join us for War Graves Week – a week to Remember

War Graves Week • Discover • Learn • Remember
Today, 21 May, marks the anniversary of the founding of the Imperial (now Commonwealth) War Graves Commission in 1917. Over 100 years after our work first began, we continue to care for the resting places of the war dead of the two World Wars, ensuring their memory lives on. For our first ever War Graves Week, we want communities to come together to learn about the shared World War heritage on their doorsteps. Learn more about our first national awareness week in the video below.
From today, we’re hosting a weeklong series of events, tours and talks for those based in the United Kingdom – from the Shetland Islands to Penzance, Llandudno to Lowestoft, you can click here to book onto one of the many tours happening around the country over the coming week. Wherever else you are in the world, you can still book to join one of our virtual talks to learn about war graves in Great Britain and Northern Ireland, learn more about our opportunities for young people, or book a talk for your own group, school or organisation.
As part of our War Graves Week activity, we’re bringing the service men and women who came from your street, back to your street. Those who gave their lives in the World Wars came from our local communities, walked on our streets, and we want you to keep their memory alive. Use our new postcode search to enter a UK postcode and discover the service personnel who lived in your local area, or search for any casualty and download a commemorative Tribute to display in your window to highlight those who died in the World Wars this War Graves Week.
All our War Graves Week activity is aimed at highlighting your local connection to those who gave their lives during the World Wars. Kicking off today, Friday 21 May, join us for a live broadcast from 12:00pm (UK time) as we travel around the world to meet the staff who keep the remembrance of our war dead alive. With over 12,000 sites across more than 150 countries and territories, our work around the world is unique and diverse and there is more than likely a CWGC site on your doorstep.
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War Graves Week – A week to Remember

An item from the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.  Note their programming beginning on 21 May at https://www.cwgc.org/our-war-graves-your-history/war-graves-week-events/digital-festival/


Join us for War Graves Week – a week to Remember

War Graves Week • Discover • Learn • Remember
War Graves Week (21st – 28th May 2021) is our new awareness week where we are encouraging communities to come together and discover the World War heritage on their doorstep. Many of the men and women who fought and died in the two world wars came from, and are today commemorated in, your local community – lying in cemeteries or named on memorials which were built, and are maintained to this day, by the CWGC. Join us and learn more about them this War Graves Week. 

For the duration of War Graves Week you can type in any UK postcode to a new search function on our website to discover service personnel with a connection to your local area.  They came from our local communities, walked on our streets, and we want you to keep their memory alive. Once you’ve found your local connection, you can download a commemorative tribute to display in your window, sign up to one of our nationwide events, or join us on our social media channels to find out more about casualties and our sites in the UK and around the world.
Click here to find who lived on your street
DISCOVER: Marking War Graves Week can be as simple as visiting your local cemetery or memorial. We commemorate service personnel at more than 23,000 locations in over 150 countries and territories, with more than 300,000 casualties commemorated in the UK alone, so there is more than likely a Commonwealth war grave on your doorstep. To find your nearest war grave, you can download our newly updated app which is available on both Apple and Android devices. Be sure to take a photo of your visit and share this with us on social media using the #WarGravesWeek hashtag.
LEARN: Tune in to our Digital Festival and join us as we host live broadcasts from across the United Kingdom. We commemorate more than 300,000 Commonwealth service personnel across the UK, and you can learn more about these casualties and our work to commemorate them from the comfort of your own home. We will be sharing stories, histories, and speaking to the members of our team from around the world who keep the remembrance of our war dead alive.
REMEMBER: Pay tribute to the men and women of the Commonwealth who died serving across the world, by downloading a special War Graves Week tribute to display in your window at home. You can use CWGC’s casualty database search to find any of the men and women we commemorate and download a tribute for the duration of War Graves Week. Or, if you’re looking for a fun way to get the family involved in War Graves Week, download our new children’s activity booklet – with word searches, I Spy and spot the difference, War Graves Week can be fun for the whole family.

Remembrance Day and anniversaries will always have a place in our work, but War Graves Week is an opportunity for communities to connect with their local heritage in a different way; when the days are longer, when the plants are in bloom, and our sites can be seen in a completely different light. Cemeteries are places for the living, and they were designed to be visited in all seasons. So join us this spring and make your own discovery in War Graves Week – a week to remember.

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