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Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Discussion in 'More resources' started by AnneC, Mar 20, 2013.

  1. AnneC

    AnneC LostCousins Star

    I expect most people will be aware of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, but here's the link for reference.

    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 153 countries across the world.Our Register records details of Commonwealth war dead so that graves or names on memorials can be located.

    Details given can include age, rank, date of death, next of kin name & address as well as cemetery details and photographs.
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  2. MarionK

    MarionK Moderator Staff Member

    An excellent website. It came in very handy when planning our trip to France & Belgium last year. Found lots of distant relations in cemeteries which we then visited.
  3. Katie Bee

    Katie Bee LostCousins Member

    This is a very useful site.
    The grave reference and Cemetery plans allowed my daughter to find my great uncle's grave in the Belgium Cemetery while she was on a World War I school trip.
  4. Norman

    Norman LostCousins Member

    There is also a service, The War Graves Photographic Project, that specialises in photographing individual war graves. It runs in association with the the CWGC. I was able to purchase a copies of images of an uncle's war grave in Gibralter.
  5. AdrienneQ

    AdrienneQ Moderator Staff Member

    Thanks for the Link. I already had info on my great uncle and by just putting in the surname was able to find him

    I have always felt that his death was very tragic as having been in the trenches (below are the records for December 1917) he was actually killed in his Billet when it was shelled (28 men were killed & 40 wounded)

    Link to War Dairy

    In the Field 1.12.17 Battln. holding Centre Subsection - Situation normal - 2 ORs seriously wounded and died
    " 2.12.17 Relieved by 21st Middlesex Rgt & marched back to Belfast Camp ERVILLERS
    " 3.12.17 Battln. left ERVILLERS at 10/30am marched to BARASTRE & occupied billets
    " 4.12.17 Standing to to move at very short notice from BARASTRE. Lewis Gun Class firing
    " 5.12.17 Marched to TINCOURT & billeted there for the night
    " 6.12.17 Battln. marched to ST EMILIE
    " 7.12.17 Occupied posts at Support Outpost Line in front of ST EMILIE from 5.0am to 9.0am & then returned to Billets. Equipment Checked. Battln. left ST EMILIE & relieved the 1st R. Dublin Fusiliers in the Left Section
    " 8.12.17 Battln in Left Section - Situation normal
    " 9.12.17 Situation normal - Repairing trenches etc. - wiring parties at night
    " 10.12.17 Situation quiet during the day - Trenches cleaned etc. During enemy bombardment at night about 25 Germans seen by our post W. side of LEMPIRE RD. proceeded towards PRIEL CUTTING. About 1/2 an hour later portion of this party when returning towards CATELET COPSE, was bombed by our post & also fired on by our Lewis Gun. 2 of the enemy were killed & several believed wounded (identification obtained) 2 of our men were wounded. For gallant conduct the M. Medal was awarded to 1498 Cpl Bolton C. by Corps Commdr. & Parchment Certificate to 4 other ranks by GOC Divn.
    " 11.12.17 Trenches repaired. Enemy artillery active shelling front line from PRIEL FARM to CATELET COPSE (50 shells 3" calibre) Our machine guns active during night. Patrol went to PRIEL FARM & were fired on from vicinity of EAGLE QUARRY
    " 12.12.17 Battln. relieved in evening by 7/8 R. Innis. Fus. & returned to billets at ST EMILIE. Billets shelled & 28 men killed & 40 wounded. Capt. Vernon & 1 OR wounded during relief. Battln moved out of billets & occupied Railway Cutting.
  6. Vonderene

    Vonderene Member

    May I recommend the website run by Pierre Vandervelden Inmemories which is very much worth a look. His team travel the cemeteries within reach of his home in Belgium and have a fantastic collection of photographs and information. I first saw his site just before a planned visit to my grand uncle's grave near Bethune and contacted him via his site. Imagine my surprise when, after my return, I looked again at the record and saw a new photograph of Edward Arthur Bradford's grave, on it was the poppy I had left only days before. He must have visited very shortly after!
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  7. AdrienneQ

    AdrienneQ Moderator Staff Member

    Thanks you so much for the link I was able to find Andrew and the details included his service number.
    On Googling it I go to War Graves Photographic project where I fond a picture of his grave.
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  8. Britjan

    Britjan LostCousins Star

    I just wanted to alert everybody with an interest in CWGC graves that a new project is being undertaken by the volunteers at Lives of the First World War to make sure that all those who served and have a record at CWGC also have a Lives entry. If anybody has a a personal connection and/or interest in a particular CWGC cemetery please let me know. My particular interest of course is in marshaling the Canadian contingent.
  9. Britjan

    Britjan LostCousins Star

    I recently came across another useful feature in the downloadable attachments to individual entries at CWGC. The headstone documents sometimes indicate the name and address of the person providing the information. This is not necessarily the person(s) who will be recorded on the headstone. Here's an example. There are two pages for the headstone documents, the useful information was on the second page.
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  10. Britjan

    Britjan LostCousins Star

    Not to be a broken record by posting in various spots on the forum but I wanted to alert anyone interested to the new format of CWGC . My previous posting shows in the new format but it's worth checking any reference to ensure it's still valid.
  11. peter

    peter Administrator Staff Member

    Did you know that some of the CWGC records are now online at Ancestry?
  12. At home in NZ

    At home in NZ LostCousins Member

    The CWGC records in Ancestry are from Find a Grave where membership is free.
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  13. peter

    peter Administrator Staff Member

    All of the records are free at the CWGC site. Are you sure that Ancestry have taken their information from FindaGrave, as they don't credit them and the format seems very different?
  14. At home in NZ

    At home in NZ LostCousins Member

    Ancestry does use FindaGrave info in their record and, the record provides a link to the FindaGrave memorial.

    I have a second uncle, Frederick Tyler, who was killed in action on 6 May 1915 at Gallipoli. He was a colour sergeant with the Royal Marines. I found him in the CWGC site.

    I have my tree in Ancestry (it is private) and one of the Hints for Frederick was for his FindaGrave memorial. I agree the format in FindaGrave is different but the grave information is the same.

    If you want to compare CWGC with FindaGrave:
    Frederick is Find A Grave Memorial# 56022416 which was created by: CWGC/ABMC
    In CWGC, go to find war dead and enter Tyler, F and Turkey then search.

    I have another relative at Find A Grave Memorial# 13297614, created by International War Graves.
    In CWGC, search for Lamb, G and Plymouth War Memorial, you will see that the record has his parent's names which are not in FindaGrave.
    The photo of the panel with his name on, although his name is not easily located, is in FindaGrave but not in CWGC, .

    I like how we can download a memorial certificate from the CWGC site, something that is not available in FindaGrave.

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