Before the First World War it was the fate of the ‘ordinary’ soldier to be forgotten. Even when the war started, there was no system or organisation in place to mark or care for the graves of servicemen and women. One remarkable man changed that, and by creating the Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC), forever changed the way we remember the fallen.
Constituted by Royal Charter in May 1917, the CWGC was the revolutionary vision of Fabian Ware, who was too old to fight but felt compelled to ensure the final resting places of First World War casualties were never forgotten.
A century later, the work of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC) and the cemeteries and memorials it cares for across the globe, still move hundreds of thousands of visitors.
“In the course of my pilgrimage, I have many times asked myself whether there can be more potent advocates of peace upon earth through the years to come than this massed multitude of silent witnesses to the desolation of war.”HM King George V, visiting a First World War cemetery in 1922