From the 21st – 28th May, Herstory Club are delighted to be joined by members of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission team. The CWGC’s staff, supporters and volunteers work to preserve the commission’s unique cultural, horticultural and architectural heritage and ensure that the stories of those who died during the First and Second World War are told. Our blog series aims to provide a unique insight into the women who are keeping the history of the CWGC alive and share some stories of the women they commemorate.
This week is an important week for the Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC), as they launch their inaugural War Graves Week. The CWGC commemorate more than 1.7 million servicemen and women who died in the armed forces of the British Empire during the First and Second World War. They undertake this monumental task in more than 23,000 locations across over 150 countries and territories. Among them are more than 2,500 women who are remembered across the United Kingdom. Over the next 8 days, we will be sharing a bit more information about their Public Engagement Team, and telling you some of the stories of women casualties at sites across Great Britain.
War Graves Week will be running between 21st and 28th May across Great Britain, the week will include nationwide events that are occurring both in face to face and virtual settings. Among the events being hosted by the Commission will be guided tours about some of their key sites across Great Britain. One of their fantastic volunteer tour guides is one of Herstory Club’s founding members, and former CWGC Centenary Intern, Olivia Smith who will be giving a tour of the Lowestoft Naval Memorial in Suffolk. To find out more, and to book a place at one of these events, please use this link to the Eventbrite or keep up to date on the CWGC’s social media channels:
If you cannot attend these in person, that’s no problem – there’s plenty of online content to join! To find out more about the CWGC’s work near you, take a look at their ‘Our War Graves, Your History’ project.