The Commonwealth War Graves Commission
Previously known as the Imperial War Graves Commission, the
Commonwealth War Graves Commission was set up in 1917 to honour those
who died during the First World War.
It pays tribute to the 1,700,000 men and women who served in the
Commonwealth forces and who made the ultimate sacrifice during the two
World Wars. Just over 935,000 of those have identified burials but
nearly 760,000 are only commemorated by name on memorials.
Today the Commonwealth War Graves Commission is responsible for
the preservation of the 2500 war cemeteries, plots and memorials that
have been constructed in around 150 countries. France, with nearly
575,000, has the largest number of war graves and memorials while Cote
d'Ivoire in Africa has perhaps the most poignant with just six graves -
To this day the remains of about twenty Commonwealth servicemen
are found each year reminding all of us of the cost of war. In most
cases identification is not possible - they remain "known unto God".
The Commonwealth War Graves Commission also seeks to educate on the importance of Remembrance.
Visit the Commonwealth War Graves Commission website