Students from May Park Primary School visiting war graves in Greenbank Cemetery Bristol in September.

Championing War Graves in the UK

Across the UK community groups have been visiting their local war graves and championing the work of the Commission in their local area.  To pledge your ongoing support for the work of the Commission please complete our short online survey and inspire others with your experiences.
If you haven't done so already, you can also email to claim your Champion Certificate

Nick Owen backs Living Memory Project

Presenter and newsreader, Nick Owen, has teamed up with the Living Memory project to encourage people in the Midlands to visit their local war graves. Nick Owen said, “My family was one of the lucky ones, as my Grandfather fought during the Battle of the Somme, but came home. He only spoke a little about what happened and that was mostly many, many years later. I couldn’t imagine the horror of what he saw and the many friends he would have lost."

Living Memory Dunbartonshire

Paul Hamilton a History Teacher at Clydebank High School and Chloe Cunningham an undergraduate student at the University of Strathclyde have teamed up to create a new website Living Memory Dunbartonshire. The website contains information on the 19 CWGC sites across Dunbartonshire and encourages communities to share information on their local sites.

Bootle Fire Cadets visit Merseyside war graves
In September young people from Bootle Fire Cadets visited their local war graves in Thornton Garden of Rest, Litherland. They learnt about the Somme in advance of their visit as part of their local social action. 

Lisabellaw WW1 Society at Belfast City Cemetery
Following extensive research on WW1 casualties in the Fermanagh area, the group visited Belfast City Cemetery to meet with a local historian Nigel Henderson to learn more about the 16th and 36th Ulster Divisions’ role in the Somme and the impact this had in the region.  

City of Bristol College at Arnos Vale Cemetery, Bristol
Professional photographer Marko Dutka is working with students from City of Bristol College to photograph the war graves in Arnos Vale Cemetery using a range of creative techniques. The final images will be exhibited in Bristol Cathedral in November 2016 as part of the Living Memory project. You can see more of Marko's work on his Facebook page 'At the going down of the Sun Photography'.

Hugh Dennis drops in to Bygone Buriton Living Memory Event
Actor and Living Memory Ambassador Hugh Dennis went to support the annual ‘Bygone Buriton’ exhibition at St Mary’s Church on Saturday, September 24, which this year focused on the community’s involvement in the First World War as part of the Living Memory project.


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.

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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