We are proud to be working in collaboration with the Commonwealth War Graves Commission to collect stories and photos of those killed at the Somme who have no known grave. The digital archive of these men is a lasting legacy of the Shrouds of the Somme which will continue far beyond 2018.
We are also working with the Commonwealth War Graves Foundation to engage thousands of young people to widen their understanding of the First World War and its consequences, particularly on their local communities.
The Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC) honours the 1.7 million men and women of the Commonwealth forces who died in the First and Second World Wars. It is funded by six member governments to maintain cemeteries and memorials in 23,000 locations over 150 countries. Through the preservation of its extensive records and archives, they ensure that these individuals will never be forgotten.
The new charity, The Commonwealth War Graves Foundation (CWGF), highlights the work of CWGC to tell the stories of these 1.7 million men and women. As a century has passed since the First World War and almost 75 years since the Second finished, it is imperative that we engage with young people to help them remember these individuals they may have never known.
The CWGF will be a beneficiary charity from the Shrouds of the Somme. The donated funds will enable the Foundation to educate and connect with the younger generation to capture their imagination and keep the memories and stories of the 1.7 million fallen alive.
The CWGF Supporters Scheme also lets those interested in the work of the Foundation show their support, keep in touch, and help us tell the stories of those we commemorate.
You can contribute to the CWGC digital archive of those lost at the Somme who have no known grave and whose names are engraved on the Thiepval Memorial here:
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Together we keep their stories alive.