Tuesday, 12 November 2013

Fwd: Commonwealth War Graves Commission Graves

From: Craig Haraben <Craig.Haraben@hyndburnbc.gov.uk>
Date: 12 November 2013 09:19:14 GMT
To: Graham Jones MP <graham.jones.mp@parliament.uk>
Subject: Commonwealth War Graves Commission Graves

Hi Graham,

Just emailing to say thank you for forwarding the below email onto the Council. I intend on speaking to Miles about it to suggest publicising this information as part of the WW1/Accrington PALS commemorations which will be happening over the next couple of years as I think it's a good fit.

There are CWGC graves in Accrington, Dill Hall and Great Harwood cemeteries in Hyndburn – so I think it would be nice to make people aware of that as residents may not realise.

Cheers Graham and hope all is well with you.

Craig Haraben MBA BSc
Head of Parks and Cemeteries
Willows Lane Depot
Willows Lane
Tel: 01254 356200/232933

From All Party Parliamentary Group of MPs for War Heritage.
Dear colleague,

We are writing to you as officers of the War Heritage APPG and as members of the Government's World War One Centenary Advisory Board about an important parliamentary initiative that is being undertaken by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission which will be launched tomorrow (5 November) as part of the programme of activity to commemorate the 100th anniversary of 1914.

The CWGC honours the 1,700,000 men and women of the forces of the Commonwealth who died in the two world wars, and cares for cemeteries and memorials at 23,000 locations in 153 countries. However, less well known is the fact that of the 23,000 cemeteries and burial plots, over half are to be found in the United Kingdom, commemorating approximately 300,000 war dead.

Following a request from us, the CWGC, in association with the In From the Cold Project, has initiated a project to identify those cemeteries within parliamentary constituencies that contain war graves. Of the 650 constituencies in the UK, 644 contain CWGC sites, usually located within cemeteries and churchyards. The remaining six constituencies, though not containing CWGC graves per se, contain a number of memorials that mark the sacrifice of constituents during the war.

Many of these war graves are of men and women who died at home following wounding or sickness overseas; larger inner city sites, for example, may record deaths from the many military hospitals that sprang up across the country. In other cases, graves will mark the death of men and women on active service, while serving on land, at sea or in the air.

We hope that you will welcome this initiative and find the information it contains helpful. It is hoped that you will be able to make use of this information in promoting awareness of the War Graves in your constituency and perhaps arranging to visit some during the centenary period.

If you would like any further information, please don't hesitate to contact one of us, or Liz Woodfield at the Commonwealth War Graves Commission (liz.woodfield@cwgc.org). We'd also be delighted to welcome you to future meetings of the war heritage APPG where we will be taking forward other activities connected with the Centenary – please let us know if you wish to join.

With warm regards,

Lord Faulkner of Worcester – Chairman, War Heritage APPG

Rt Hon Jeffrey Donaldson MP – Treasurer, War Heritage APPG

Lord Faulkner of Worcester
House of Lords
London SW1A 0PW
Tel: +44 207 219 8503
Fax:+44 207 219 1460
Email: faulknerro@parliament.uk
Website: www.lordfaulkner.net