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AGM & Commonwealth War Graves Commission
Glenn Hearnden
03/10/2017 Tuesday

 

​We commemorate the 1,700,000 men and women of the Commonwealth forces who died in the two world wars.

Our cemeteries, burial plots and memorials are a lasting tribute to those who died in some 154 countries across the world.

Our Register records details of Commonwealth war dead so that graves or names on memorials can be located.

From the Menin Gate and the Thiepval Memorial to India Gate in Delhi and the Helles Memorial in Turkey, the Commission tends some of the most iconic architectural structures in the world.  From tiny cemeteries containing just a handful of graves to Tyne Cot Cemetery in Belgium with over 11,000 burials, the Commission ensures the memory of all those who perished is preserved with utmost respect.

The architects who worked for the Commission in the early years were given freedom to interpret their ideas in response to the First World War within the parameters of simple guidelines.  The result was some of the most original and moving architecture.  Many of these now stand as landmarks on the sites of former battlefields, a physical manifestation of the history of two world wars.

The Commission continues to preserve its cemeteries and memorials and encourage the act of remembrance. Occasionally military remains are found - a human reminder of the reason the Commission came into being and why its work is still so important today. These casualties are buried with honour in one of the Commission's immaculately maintained war cemeteries.  In 2009 the discovery of 250 Australian and British casualties from the Battle of Fromelles required the construction of an entirely new cemetery, Fromelles (Pheasant Wood) Military Cemetery.  This was unveiled in 2010. 

Renovation and maintenance forms a major part of our responsibility.  Each year around 20,000 headstones are either replaced or repaired by our staff.  Our work is never ending and we are proud to continue to work to the high standards set by the Commission in 1917.

By preserving the memory of the dead with simple dignity and true equality, the Commission hopes to encourage future generations to remember the sacrifice made by so many.