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May Talk – Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Posted on Tuesday 10 May 2022

Join us on Thursday 19 May when our Guest Speaker WO1 Tony Matthews QVRM VR will give a presentation on the history and work of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.  You can reserve your place HERE.

The Commonwealth War Graves Commission cares for the graves and memorials of over 1.7 million servicemen and women who died during the two world wars. We work at over 23,000 sites around the world, in more than 150 countries and territories, on behalf of six ‘member governments’: Australia, Canada, India, New Zealand, South Africa and the United Kingdom.

In May 1917 the then Imperial War Graves Commission was founded by Royal Charter; their role was to ensure the commemoration of service personnel who had lost their lives as a result of the Great War, permanently, and by name. In the century since, the work of the commission has grown and evolved but continues to follow these early founding principles. Find out more about what this work looks like around the world in the 21st century.

The Royal Navy Officers' Charity (RNOC) have supported
officers and their families since 1739