We shall remember them
The Commonwealth War Graves Commission was established by Royal Charter in 1917 as the sole organisation charged with the care and commemoration of those Commonwealth Armed Forces who died during the two World Wars. They currently care for the graves and commemorations of 1.7 million men and women worldwide and have war graves at over 12,000 locations in the UK alone.
As part of the centenary of the First World War, they are working on a project to erect Commission signs at as many sites as possible that contain war graves. The aim of the initiative is to increase awareness of war graves in the United Kingdom and to remind the public that they need not travel abroad to find Commonwealth commemorations. This could also result in encouraging a greater interest in churchyards and church buildings in general and to increase visitor numbers to them. All signs will be installed, paid for and maintained by the Commission on a permanent basis.
All Saints, and its dedicated churchyard team, care for 32 war graves. We are currently working with the War Graves Commission to explore erecting signs that highlight the importance of the graves in the churchyard. Over the coming months, we will be working with the Diocese to realise this and we will keep you updated as this project develops.