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Read CWGC’s latest newsletter

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


Welcome to the CWGC’s latest newsletter.

Black History Month • Appeal for Relatives • Grave of Corporal Jeffs Marked • A Very Special Christmas Carol Concert
In cemeteries and on memorials across Great Britain, the CWGC commemorates more than 300,000 service personnel at over 12,000 locations. These men and women were from all walks of life, originating from all across the Commonwealth from a diverse range of backgrounds and cultures. All of these men and women came together during the two World Wars to fight for a common cause, and are now commemorated together across Great Britain.
As part of the United Kingdom’s Black History Month this October, our Public Engagement team will be holding events in partnership with the British Army and Royal Air Forces BAME networks, along with Black Poppy Rose to share the stories of some of the black communities who served in the two World Wars. In our latest blog, we share the stories of some of these remarkable individuals.
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Appeal for Relatives

The CWGC’s work to commemorate the fallen is far from over, and the identification of fallen service personal continues to this day. We are currently seeking the next-of-kin of several soldiers who fell in war. Could you be connected to any of these individuals?

Grave of Corporal Jeffs Marked

Originally buried in an unmarked grave by the German forces over a century ago, the now identified remains of 21-year-old Corporal Bertie Frederick George Jeffs were rededicated last week, marking the sacrifice he made for his country.

A Very Special Christmas Carol Concert

Join us on Thursday 16 December for a very special Christmas Carol Concert in aid of the Commonwealth War Graves Foundation. The event will be held at the stunning Royal Military Chapel in Central London, and will be an evening of distinctive musical performances, readings from special guests, and carols the whole family can get involved in. Register your interest now!

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Our mailing address is:
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One week to go – will you accept the challenge to keep their stories alive?

This item may be of interest to our more energetic members.


Virtually Walking our War Graves: The Western Front – only one week to go!There’s still time to sign up for our fantastic virtual challenge
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Here’s what you need to know:

This incredible 125km virtual route will take you on an interactive journey along the Western Front

You can complete this challenge from anywhere in the world

You will have between the 13th September 2021 and 13 October 2021 to complete the challenge

It’s a great way to get out and get active. You can cover the distance in any way you like: walking, running, cycling, swimming lengths or even riding a horse

You can follow your progress online via your own virtual map

The virtual route will run from Thiepval Memorial in France, following the battlefields and CWGC cemeteries and memorials on the Western Front and will finish at the iconic Menin Gate, Ieper.
It costs £25 to enter and you can choose to challenge yourself to raise £100, or as much as you can.Your support will help the Commonwealth War Graves Foundation support key projects like our Eyes On, Hands On volunteer programme which has already helped us inspect over 50,000 scattered war graves in the UK, or an educational project like our interactive digital exhibition at Runnymede, which explores the story of remarkable spy Princess Noor Inayat Khan.

Projects such as these enable the next generation to engage with stories of sacrifice that must never be forgotten.

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And if that didn’t sound amazing enough… when you complete the challenge you will receive a very special Walking our War Graves: The Western Front medal to be reminded of your wonderful achievement.
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CWGC Newsletter

A monthly newsletter from our colleagues at the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.


Welcome to the CWGC’s latest newsletter.

Walking our War Graves: the Western Front • Heritage Open Days • Great Britain • France • Belgium
Walking Our War Graves: The Western Front – Register Now!
Although you still might not be able to travel to visit CWGC sites worldwide, join us between 13 September and 13 October 2021 for a walking challenge that will get you active and give you the chance to glimpse our iconic sites across the Western Front.

Add up the distance of your steps on your daily dog walk, runs, bike rides or even horse rides from the comfort of your own home, to cover 125km over the course of a month and be taken on an interactive journey along the Western Front with the Commonwealth War Graves Foundation.

You can complete this challenge from anywhere in the world and see your virtual progress along the Western Front via your own online map. The route will take you from the Thiepval Memorial in France, following the battlefields and CWGC cemeteries and memorials on the Western Front, finishing at the iconic Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial. Along the way you will have access to exclusive content to learn more about our sites and the individuals commemorated there.

So get active and join us this September and help keep the stories of those who died in the two World Wars alive.

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This September, we will also be running a series of Open Days in partnership with Heritage Open Days. Whether your local CWGC site is in Great Britain, France or Belgium, find out more about events near you below.
Open Days – Great Britain

We’ve created a number of Open Days and tours across England, Scotland and Wales, and you can join us to find out more about our work and the men and women we commemorate across Great Britain.

European Heritage Days – France

For those based in France, join us at the CWGC Experience in Beaurains or the Faubourg D’Amiens cemetery in Arras to witness demonstrations by our master craftsmen and learn more about how we maintain our historic sites of remembrance. We will also be hosting talks by historians MM Merckel and ML Wiart where you can learn more about those we commemorate.

European Heritage Days – Belgium

Tyne Cot Cemetery is the largest CWGC cemetery in the world, and you can join us to learn the stories of all the many different nationalities we commemorate here and around the world. We will also be running new sensory tours, developed for the blind and partially sighted in partnership with Love & Light. Lose yourself in the history, stories, horticulture and architecture of Tyne Cot Cemetery.

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Take part in a virtual fundraising challenge with a difference

For those members into taking part in these virtual walking/running events, this seems like it would be an interesting one.


Join us for Walking our War Graves: The Western Front
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Take part in a virtual fundraising challenge with a difference.

Starting at the Thiepval Memorial in France, follow a virtual route through the CWGC cemeteries and memorials in Western Europe, finishing at the iconic Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial in Ieper. Between 13 September and 13 October, this 125km virtual walk will take you on an interactive journey across the Western Front.

Cover the distance in any way you like, from anywhere in the world. Create a team with your family and friends or track your journey as an individual on your early morning dog walk, whilst out and about at the weekend, or on your daily run.

Challenge yourself to raise £100, or as much as you can, and help us keep the stories of the men and women who died during the two World Wars alive.

Lace up your trainers, get moving and join us for a virtual challenge like no other – all whilst supporting the Commonwealth War Graves Foundation and helping us to engage, inspire and educate people with the stories of sacrifice that must never be forgotten.

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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/