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CWGC Newsletter

A newsletter from the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.


Welcome to the CWGC’s latest newsletter.

• Shine On • Catch up on our Live Coverage •
This Remembrance period has been like no other. Despite the challenges faced, we were determined to ensure the light of remembrance continued to Shine On.  We are proud to say that thousands of you took part in our Shine On campaign, naming stars after the fallen in our digital night sky and looking to the skies in remembrance.
We would like to thank everyone who took part in the campaign, and are pleased to say that in the lead up to Armistice Day almost 10,000 stars were named in our digital night sky – equal to one star being named almost every 30 seconds. Below is a selection of highlights from  our supporters.
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11 November 2020

A reminder of this event from the Commonwealth War Graves Commission tomorrow.


A Remembrance Like No Other

The events of 2020 will be long remembered as the Coronavirus pandemic has affected so much of our daily lives, and this weekend saw our first socially-distanced Remembrance Sunday.

Under normal circumstances, Armistice Day, the eleventh of the eleventh, is usually a time that we get together to bow our heads. We look down. We pay our respects to the men and women from across the Commonwealth who sacrificed their lives in the two world wars for our freedom.

But this year is different. This year, at 7pm (UK time), we’re asking you to look up to the skies to remember all 1.7 million of those who gave their lives.

From 6.30pm on 11 November 2020, we will be broadcasting live from our sites around Great Britain, looking to the stars to remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice during the two world wars. Click on the button below at 6.30pm tomorrow to join us on our Facebook page to partake in this unique act of remembrance.

Click here at 6.30pm on 11 November 2020 to join Shine On: CWGC Live Special

Read about Remembrance Sunday 2020

On 8 November 2020, we paused for a Remembrance Sunday like no other. At our sites across the world, people remembered in isolation, gathering in ones and twos, in households and in bubbles, to pay their respects to those that made the ultimate sacrifice and fought for our freedoms in the two world wars.

Name a Star in Remembrance

Click here to visit our virtual night sky and name a star after someone who died in the two world wars. Every star in our virtual sky is a tribute to a fallen individual. Search the night sky to see who is being remembered.

Support our Work

The Commonwealth War Graves Foundation (CWGF) aims to engage and educate people – especially the young – with the work of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, and the inspiring stories of the men and women who died whilst fighting in the two world wars.

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Armistice Day is coming. Help their names #ShineOn

If you have family that died during the first or second World War, this event will be an interesting one.


This Armistice Day, help their names #ShineOn

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Discover Your Local Heritage this Remembrance

An item from the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.


Welcome to the CWGC’s latest newsletter.

As we approach a Remembrance Sunday like no other, we want to encourage you to discover the World War heritage on your doorstep this autumn. The CWGC maintains cemeteries and memorials at over 23,000 locations in more than 150 countries around the world, so at a time when large events might be cancelled and travel might not be possible, we want you to take this time to learn more about your local history and rediscover war graves near you.
Across Great Britain, we commemorate over 300,000 servicemen and women who died during the World Wars. For almost all based here this means there are likely war graves nearby – perhaps in your local cemetery or churchyard. It’s time to rediscover and remember these individuals.

Using our brand new Our War Graves, Your History digital platform, we have provided you with the information to learn about Our Work Across Great Britain, find cemeteries and memorials near you and plan a visit with our interactive Explore Great Britain map, and find out what’s happening near you on our dedicated events page.

The tools we are creating through this campaign are available for anyone to use, anywhere in the world, and we look forward to expanding our activities into new areas soon. While the Our War Graves, Your History digital resource does not currently include our sites in Northern Ireland or the rest of the world, you can use our Find Cemeteries and Memorials search to discover our sites of remembrance near you, and use #ShareYourTribute to share your visit on social media.

Five Fascinating Facts to get you started
There is so much to explore, learn and discover. To get you started, here are five fascinating facts about our work in Great Britain. Click on the images below to learn more.

War Graves Near You

We commemorate 300,000 service personnel at more than 12,000 locations across Great Britain. During both world wars, if a service person died in Great Britain, their family could choose where they would be laid to rest. Many preferred to have their loved one buried locally so they could visit regularly. Today, this means there is a good chance you might find war graves in a cemetery or churchyard near you.

Design by Competition

Our cemeteries and memorials are masterpieces of artistic and architectural design, but not all were created by architects employed by the Commission. After the Second World War, we ran a competition asking ex-service personnel to submit their deigns for the Liverpool, Lowestoft and Lee-On-Solent Naval Memorials. The winning designs were selected from hundreds of entries.

Far From Home

During both world wars, soldiers, sailors and airmen came from across the Commonwealth to fight. The graves of service personnel of Australian, Indian, Canadian, South African and New Zealand forces can be found across Great Britain, often near camps where they were based or close to hospitals established to care for them. Although they are far from home, the CWGC ensures they are not forgotten.

Former Foes

You might be surprised to learn that there are thousands of German service personnel buried across Great Britain. Many died of illness as prisoners of war, others were shot down from aircraft overhead, and some were recovered from British beaches, their bodies washed ashore after their ships went down.  Their graves are the responsibility of the Volksbund Deutsche Kriegsgräberfürsorge, or German Peoples’ War Graves Association, and we work in partnership with them to maintain the graves of German personnel across Great Britain.

On the Front Line

Our staff care for war graves and memorials across Great Britain, and their work is vital to ensuring that the fallen are never forgotten. For Chris Hawes, our Regional Manager for the East and East Central Regions, one of the outstanding moments of his 30-year career with us was meeting the elderly son of an Australian soldier in Scotton Cemetery. Chris had cared for the graves here for many years, and was able to accompany the gentleman who had travelled from Australia specially to visit the grave of his father for the first time.

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