Simon Weston remembers the fallen in Cardiff Cathays Cemetery

Falkland’s War veteran, Simon Weston CBE, has teamed up with the Living Memory Project to encourage the people of Wales, and across the UK, to visit their local Commonwealth War Graves Commission war graves and discover the stories behind the names of those who gave their lives in the First World War. Watch Simon explain why he is supporting the Living Memory project this year and read more about his visit to Cardiff Cathays Cemetery.

Living Memory Live in Birmingham

On Wednesday 14th September the Living Memory team will be at the Library of Birmingham along with guest poet Valerie Bloom to talk about war graves across the Midlands and ways for communities to get involved in the Living Memory project. If you would like to join us please email for more information.  

Search for UK Somme casualties

The Living Memory team are calling on communities to help identify Somme casualties buried in the UK. Over 130 have been identified so far, but it is estimated that several hundred soldiers who died as a result of their injuries sustained during the Battle of the Somme may be buried in the UK. Email for more information.

Hydrophobic trail leads visitors to West Norwood Cemetery

Friends of West Norwood Cemetery have unveiled the UK’s first ‘rain works’ tiles to raise awareness of the war dead commemorated in their local cemetery. On rainy days, the paving outside the cemetery will transform into a tribute to their local commonwealth war dead. Visit the Facebook page for pictures from their event. 

Share your stories with the Living Memory team

If you've been out and about across the UK to visit war graves this summer we'd love to hear about your visits. Please email any pictures or news, tweet us @CWGC #LivingMemory or share on our Facebook page. If you have organised a Living Memory event don't forget to complete our online survey to help our future planning. 

Porthcawl remember FWW casualty for first time in 100 years

A centenary after his death, Private John Campbell, of The Queen’s Own Cameron Highlanders, has been remembered at a special ceremony held in Porthcawl, Wales. The service, organised by Porthcawl Museum took place at Private Campbell’s headstone in St John’s the Baptist Church. During the service his medals were laid at his grave for the first time.

Cycling across Hertfordshire
On Saturday 10th September to mark the 100th Anniversary of the Battle of Flers-Courcellete members of Herts at War will be cycling to war graves around Hertfordshire and finishing with the Last Post ceremony. Starting in the county town of Hertford, they will travel through Ware, Thundridge, Wadesmill, High Cross, Sacombe Green, Watton-at-Stone, Datchworth, and Knebworth to end the ride in Hitchin, a route of approximately 30 miles.

CWGC are delighted to announce the launch of the CWGC Somme Battlefield Companion

Published in partnership with Osprey, this weather-resistant battlefield companion explores 30 locations on the Somme.   Complete with suggested driving routes, sites to visit and some of the lesser-known stories surrounding the battlefield, this is an invaluable resource for anyone travelling to the Somme this centenary year. Pre-order your copy today. 

The Living Memory team are on hand to answer any questions. Email for any of the following:
  • Advice on finding a date to connect your community to the Somme
  • Information on Somme casualties buried in the UK
  • Poster and flyer templates to promote your event
  • Guidelines for creating a cemetery guide
  • Press notice template to promote your event locally
  • Champion certificates to acknowledge your commitment. 
Reminder to everyone taking part in the Living Memory project to please make sure you are aware of and follow best practise for the protection of young people and vulnerable adults. For example, when working with young people always have two adults present, seek permission to take any photographs and ensure that all material is suitable and appropriate.  If you have any questions or would like further guidance please contact us 

The Living Memory project is delivered by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission and Big Ideas Company with support from the Department of Communities & Local Government and the Department of Culture Media & Sport.
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