COMMONWEALTH WAR GRAVES COMMISSION
Founded by Royal Charter in 1917, the Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC) commemorates the 1.7 million men and women of the commonwealth forces who died in the two world wars. CWGC cemeteries, burial plots and memorials are a lasting tribute to those who died and can be found at almost 23,000 locations – in 153 different countries around the world. The Commission’s task is also to maintain the records of those they commemorate, ensuring that the location of individual burials, or names on memorials, can always be identified. The cost of the work is shared by the member governments – Australia , Canada , India, New Zealand, South Africa and the United Kingdom – in proportions based upon the number of their graves.