An Illustrated Directory to The Commonwealth War Graves
The Commonwealth War Graves Commission's (CWGC) war cemeteries and memorials are some of the last physical reminders of those terrible conflicts of the early part of the twentieth century. The graves are not monuments to battles or victories, but to individuals, who were often forgotten before the First World War. Founded on 21 May 1917, CWGC was established by Fabian Ware as an organisation to carry on the work of marking and caring for the graves of the fallen after the end of the war. The Commonwealth War Graves Foundation (CWGF) was recently established to highlight the work of the CWGC and to share the stories of the 1.7 million commemorated.
A Guide to The Commonwealth War Graves Commission considers the origins and history of CWGC and CWGF, reviews the records and archives from the last century, explores the top 10 CWGC sites alongside detailed maps, and summarises a view for the future. Featuring extracts from the remarkable archives in Maidenhead, which include records from the Commission's foundation up to the present day, this illustrated guide celebrates a century of dedication to the fallen and the CWGF commitment to engaging the wider community in the story of our common sacrifice and shared history.
'Today, visitors to the Commonwealth War Graves Commission's cemeteries and memorials are more numerous than at any other time in our hundred year history.'