Core Details

Author/originator: CWGC
Source type: Bibliography (Published references including web sites)
Source sub-type: Data (Measurements or factual information which may occur in a manual catalogue system or a database.)
Year/date of creation: 2016
Title: Commonwealth War Graves Commission
Description: The Commonwealth War Graves commission was established by Royal Charter as the sole organisation charged with the care and commemoration of those Commonwealth Armed Forces who died during the two World Wars. They are responsible for 1.7 million graves and commemorations of service men and women in 154 countries. In the UK, they have war graves at over 12,500 churchyards, burial grounds and cemeteries. Their responsibility extends to war graves of casualties who died between 1914-1921 and 1939-1947 inclusive. Some war graves are not immediately recognisable as they have private family memorials rather than the easily recognisable standard pattern Commission headstone. There are also sites where it is no longer possible to commemorate the casualty at that location. The CWGC would therefore commemorate the casualty at the nearest cemetery as possible to the burial.