C is for… Commonwealth War Graves Commission #AtoZChallenge

It seems the first two posts of this challenge have been mostly WW1-related and the third post is no different, dealing as it does with the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

Set up after WW1, the CWGC looks after over 1.7 million graves of military personnel who have died in action in the that war and all subsequent wars. They preserve and maintain permanent memorials in 153 countries, including the UK and ensure that the sacrifice of these fallen men and women will never be forgotten. Although a greater majority of their work is conservation, restoration and education, in 2009 a brand new cemetery at Fromelles in France, to take the remains of 250 British and Australian servicemen who lost their lives in the battle of Fromelles in 1916.

This post is not long enough to go into all the work the CWGC do, but speaking for myself and my family, the CWGC looks after the grave of my 2x Great Grandfather, James George Jupp, who I mentioned in my previous posts.

James George Jupp was killed on 23rd September 1916 and is now buried in the CWGC Caterpillar Valley Cemetery near Longueval in France, as shown on this map:

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Once I knew from my Grandad that his Grandfather had died in WW1, I was able to search for him on the CWGC website, which showed me where he was buried and, thanks to a link to the War Graves Photographic Project, I was able to obtain a photograph of his war grave:


I hope, at some point, to be able to visit the cemetery in person, but this is an excellent resource for people who aren’t able to visit and pay their respects.


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5 Responses to C is for… Commonwealth War Graves Commission #AtoZChallenge

  1. kirstyes says:

    Stacey his gravestone is beautiful. Hope you get to visit soon.

  2. vikki says:

    Just stopping by from the A-Z List to say “Hi” and good luck with the rest of the challenge!

    Interesting post honey xx

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