Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Established in May 1917, the Imperial War Graves Commission was created by Royal Charter with the Prince of Wales as President and Fabian Ware as Vice-Chairman.

 

The Commission's work tending and creating graves and memorials for those killed in the First World War began in earnest in 1918. In 1949 the Imperial War Graves Commission completed  the first of 559 Second World War cemeteries, and 36 new memorials. This was built in Dieppe, Normandy, France. In March 1960 the Imperial War Graves Commission became the Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC).

 

The Fallen Heroes of Normandy are indebted to the Commonwealth War Graves Commission for their help and support in providing information, details and answering our enquiries, during the 15 years before this online archive and database was established.

 

We were particularly pleased when Peter Francis, Head of External Communications at the Commonwealth War Graves Commission expressed his support of our work in April 2009, and granted us permission to take photographs of, and at, the Commonwealth War Graves Comission cemeteries and memorials.

 

It is their initial basic data, about all those who rest in CWGC cemeteries, churchyards, Communal Cemeteries or who are commemorated on the CWGC memorials, that forms the basis of the Fallen Heroes of Normandy archive for the British and Commonwealth fatal casualties.

 

The Commonwealth War Graves Commission provide the following free online resources:

Find a Casualty

Find a Cemetery

The Normandy Campaign Leaflet

The Air Forces Memorial Runnymede Leaflet

Plymouth Naval Memorial Leaflet

The Tower Hill Memorial Leaflet

No Grave but the Sea Leaflet

Brookwood Military Cemetery Leaflet

The History of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission Leaflet

The Commission's Work in Northern Europe Leaflet

Sir Fabien Ware: Founder of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission Leaflet

Border Planting and Design Leaflet

The Commission's Horticulture Leaflet

 

The Fallen Heroes of Normandy would like to thank the Commonwealth War Graves Commission
for their help and assistance with the project since 1997;
and for their formal support, inviting us as a partner, and providing a link
to the Fallen Heroes of Normandy on their website, since 2009.