Commonwealth War Graves Commission
The Commonwealth War Graves Commission was established by Royal Charter in May 1917 and honours the 1.7 million men and women who died in the armed forces of the British Empire during the First and Second World Wars.
The Commission is responsible for the cemeteries and memorials at 23,000 locations in more than 150 countries and territories and is funded by the six Commonwealth countries. The United Kingdom is responsible for 78% of the total budget, proportionately to the number of their graves.
The office in Ieper is responsible for the Commonwealth cemeteries and memorials in nine countries in Northern Europe (Belgium, The Netherlands, Luxembourg, Germany, Austria, Poland, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. They employ more than 200 people.
Only meters from CWGC’s most iconic memorial, the Menin Gate, the CWGC Ieper Information Centre is located. The Commonwealth War Graves Commission has also opened a unique new visitor attraction in Arras (France) ‘the CWGC Experience’. Find out more about the work of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission:
CWGC Information Centre: Menenstraat 33 - 8900 Ieper
You can also visit the CWGC Experience in Beaurains.