Commonwealth War Graves Commission Cemeteries and Monuments
Latest update 01/12/2021 with 24267 locations in the file.
It's now over a hundred years since the start of the First World War. Did you have an ancestor who was killed in that war or maybe one that died in the Second World War? If so then maybe you would like to find out where they are buried and visit their grave, or see their name on a memorial?
Search for their name on the Commonwealth War Graves Commission web site and find out in which cemetery they are buried or the memorial on which they are commemorated. Then download and install the CWGC POI file from this web site onto your satnav and be able to find your way straight to the entrance of the cemetery. Remember the sacrifice these servicemen and women made for us. They did their duty and it is our duty to 'never forget'.
The Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC was formed as the result of the vision of Sir Fabian Ware. He was too old to fight in the First World War so he worked with the British Red Cross in a mobile unit as a Commander. Because of the overwhelming number of casualties he felt compelled to ensure that the graves of the dead would never be forgotten. His unit began recording and caring for all the graves they could find and in 1915 the work was recognized by the War Office and so the Graves Registration Commission was formed. In May 1917, the Imperial War Graves Commission was formed by Royal Charter, with the Prince of Wales as the President and Fabian Ware as Vice Chairman.
The Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC) now look after war graves in thousands of cemeteries throughout the world. They commemorate the 1,700,000 men and women of the Commonwealth forces who died in the two world wars.
The file is available as one single file containing all the CWGC cemeteries or as separate files for each country. Use of a limited number of country files will save storage space on your satnav. The Google Earth kml and Google Maps kmz files also contains links to the relevant cemetery pages on the CWGC web site. Just click on the map icons to reveal the links.
The basis for this POI file is data kindly supplied by The Commonwealth War Graves Commission.
Where the cemetery is not near a road on the satnav map then the best approach road is shown as the destination and the cemetery may actually be some distance further on.
The sites with '(BE)' after their names are 'Battle Exploit Memorials' which CWGC maintains on behalf of other organisations. There are 191 of them and this number is not included in the totals shown on this page or on the Country List.
Sites with '(NW)' after their names do not contain any Commonwealth war graves, only non-world war or Anglo-Boer War graves in CWGC care.
Sites with '(FN)' after their names do not contain any Commonwealth war graves, only foreign nationals' graves maintained by the CWGC.
My thanks to Terry Denham of the In From The Cold Project and to Mike Cole for their invaluable and substantial assistance. Also to the Commonwealth War Graves Commission for their assistance.
The files are available in Tomtom ov2, Garmin csv and gpx, Volvo Sensus gpx, Google Earth kml and Google Maps kmz format. The Tomtom ov2 files can also be used in the CoPilot phone navigation app. See the included instructions. Remember that downloading these files may incur a cost from your internet provider. The files are each less than 1.5 megabytes in size.
They cover all the countries in the world which contain CWGC cemeteries.
This web site is not associated with the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.
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