Friday, May 6, 2016

Website: Commonwealth War Graves

According to their website, "The Commonwealth War Graves Commission ensures that 1.7 million people who died in the two world wars will never be forgotten."

There are cemeteries and memorials located in 154 countries and in 23,000 locations and all are 'cared for' by this group. Their website goes into the details of what part of the upkeep they handle with these locations.

Under their "Find War Dead" section they have a casualty database for men and women of the "Commonwealth forces" who died during the two world wars.

In addition they also have details of some 67,000 "Commonwealth civilians" who died as a "result of enemy action" in the Second World War. Information on the 23,000 cemeteries where these individuals are buried is also provided in case one wishes to visit or obtain a photo of the grave.

Right on the main page, an individual can enter the name of a fallen loved one and this is what the results would be like:

Sometimes there are multiple people listed as they have the same name, this time there is only the one choice. Clicking on his name provides this information:

Note there is a PDF that one can download as a "Commemorative Certificate", additionally, there are documents on this same page, one is his listing on the "Grave Register" and the other is "Panel List" which has his listings on commemorations on memorials or screen walls with those details.

The above is from their "Commemorative Registers". This is a partial of the "Commemorative Certificate":

This site has other information on his burial location and photos, etc. there is a lot here and it definitely is a great help to those researching their ancestors!

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