TALK: THE COMMONWEALTH WAR GRAVES COMMISSION

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The Imperial War Graves Commission came into being on 21 May 1917. Now known as the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, it is responsible for caring for the graves of those who died in both world wars. Today, it is responsible for 1.7 million casualties worldwide, and maintains 2,500 war cemeteries in 154 countries and territories. This illustrated talk, by Admiral Sir Ian Garnett, will explain the origins of the commission, its early history, including the controversy that surrounded its formation, and the principles and responsibilities that govern its work around the world.