Who are we CWGC?
Welcome to the CWGC We honour and care for the men and women of the Commonwealth forces who died in the First and Second World Wars, ensuring they will never be forgotten. Funded by six Member Governments, our work began with building, and now maintaining, cemeteries at 23,000 locations all over the world.
How do I find a war grave in France?
Using CWGC’s website to find War Graves in France When planning your trip to the Western Front, your first step should be to visit the CWGC website and prepare your itinerary. Using the dropdown ‘Visit Us’ menu, select ‘Find War Memorials and War Cemeteries’.
Are there bodies in the war graves?
Graves and burial grounds situated in the area of a battlefront were often damaged by subsequent fighting across the same location, resulting in the loss of the original marked graves. Some bodies simply could not be retrieved from underground.
Who pays for Commonwealth war graves?
In 2019/20, the Commission received just under £65 million in funding, provided by the member governments of the Commonwealth nations who share the cost of the Commission’s work proportionately to the number of their graves….OUR FUNDING.
How many cemeteries and memorials is the CWGC responsible for looking after?
The CWGC cares for over 1.1 million Commonwealth War Graves at more than 23,000 locations across 150 countries and territories.
Who pays for the war graves in France?
The CWGC’s work is funded predominantly by grants from the governments of the six member states.
Where are British soldiers buried in France?
The British War Cemetery in Bayeux is the largest British military cemetery of the Second World War in France, holding the remains 4000 British and 181 Canadian soldiers. It also contains the graves of a number of Australians, New Zealanders, South Africans, Poles, Russians, French, Czechs, Italians and Germans.
Who funds the CWGC?
Financing. The CWGC’s work is funded predominantly by grants from the governments of the six member states.
How do you qualify for a Commonwealth war grave?
Eligibility generally requires a casualty to have died: • overseas while employed with the armed forces; or • from wounds inflicted while serving overseas. There are some exceptions to this requirement.