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001: Spring 1981

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002: Autumn 1981 (September)

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004: Spring 1982

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'The Curious Case of Mr Herbert Mowle Kendal' by Paul Hanford

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AGM Speaker: Paul Handford MBE The talk is about a collection of medals and papers Paul purchased relating to a Mr Kendal, a civilian volunteer ambulance driver. The collection suggested he had been killed in Action on the Western Front in May 1918 whilst driving his ambulance in support of the French Army. His death was not recorded or indeed r…


First World War Day in Walthamstow Village

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The First World War Day in Walthamstow Village event is the outcome of a partnership between East London Western Front Association, Waltham Forest: Vestry House Museum and St Mary’s Church. This is the second time we have worked together on a the First World War Day in Walthamstow Village Last year in May 2017, the First World War Day in Walthams…


'From Private to Major via the Foresters Arms': The life, death and rediscovery of Octavius Darby-Griffith, MC

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British visitors to the south of France will often take the A26 'Autoroute des Anglais' out of Calais. Some 140 miles down this autoroute, they will see on a prominent hill to the right the towers of the medieval cathedral at Laon. Some may turn off the autoroute to pay a visit, others will press on towards Rheims and further south. If the opportu…


The First World War & Commonwealth War Graves Commission by Alan Reed

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The Commonwealth War Graves Commission was founded by Fabian Ware and constituted through Royal Charter in 1917 originally called the Imperial War Graves Commission. The change to the present name took place in 1960. In this talk Alan Reed, battlefield guide and author, will explain the background and the work of the CWGC both during the war and al…



Throughout May join The CWGC for Sunday Tours of Brookwood Military Cemetery

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Tours every Sunday (except Easter Sunday) until the end of May. This spring, visitors to the Commonwealth War Graves Commission’s largest cemetery in the UK are invited to join a new series of tours to discover its history and the incredible stories of those buried there.  Spring Tours There will be experienced volunteer guides working on beha…


'CWGC from the Concept of Sir Fabian Ware to its Work Today' a talk by Megan Kelleher

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The Commonwealth War Graves Commission owes its existence to the vision and determination of one man - Sir Fabian Ware. Neither a soldier nor a politician, Ware was nevertheless well placed to respond to the public's reaction to the enormous losses in the war. At the age of 45 he was too old to fight but he became the commander of a mobile…


'The Commonwealth War Graves Commission' with Tony Stubbs

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Tony Stubbs will be giving a presentation on The Commonwealth War Graves Commission - 1918 to the present day. 


Clearing the Dead 1919-39

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In October we welcome Peter Hodgkinson who will speak to the branch on 'Clearing the Dead 1919-39'. For many years there has been considerable interest in battlefield archaeology. Between the wars, however, a process similar to modern archaeology was carried out to attempt to unearth the missing and bury them properly in IWGC cemeteries. It was a …



5 November : Reburial of Three Unknown Soldiers at New Irish Farm Cemetery

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On Tuesday 5 November 2019 one unknown soldier of Essex Regiment and one unknown soldier or no known regiment will be reburied at New Irish Farm Cemetery with full military honours. The time is still to be confirmed, but is provisionally set for 2.30pm.  Meanwhile, a soldier of the Essex Regiment, L/Cpl Frederick Perkins, whose body has been reco…


'The Biggest Single Piece of Work since the Pharaohs - the role of the Imperial War Graves Commission, 1917-39' by Prof Mark Connelly

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George V with IWGC founder, Fabian Ware (3rd right), at Tyne Cot cemetery in 1922 Photos: Courtesy Imperial War Museum collections Since its creation in 1917, the IWGC was charged with finding permanent solutions to the commemoration of the Empire's war dead. Driven by the energy and vision of its founder, Fabian Ware, the IWGC worked tirelessly …