Commonwealth War Graves

There are more than 300,000 Commonwealth War Graves in the UK, in more than 13,000 locations around the country. As a keen amateur genealogist and social history buff, they have always intrigued me, and the aim of this site is to shine a light onto the people behind the names engraved on the headstones.

Below are the emblems of over 70 regiments, and the stories of more than 270 men and women who gave their lives so that others could live. There are tales of mystery and tragedy, road and flying accidents, ships sinking, suicides and countless victims of a twentieth century pandemic. Each of these histories represent the life of a soldier, sailor, airman or nurse who was lost too early.

Click on the icons below to discover more about the regiments and the lives forsaken.

Regiments – A

Army Cyclist Corps
Machine Gun Corps
Army Veterinary Corps
Australian Army
Medical Corps

Regiments – B

Bedfordshire Regiment
British West Indies Regt
The Buffs
(East Kent Regiment)

Regiments – C

Canadian Infantry
Canadian Engineers
Coldstream Guards
Canadian Forestry Corps
Corpo de Lenhadores Portuegueses

Regiments – D

Devonshire Regiment
Dorsetshire Regiment
Duke of Cornwall’s
Light Infantry

Regiments – E

East Surrey Regiment
Eat Yorkshire Regiment
Essex Regiment

Regiments – G

Gloucestershire Regiment

Regiments – H

Hampshire Regiment
Highland Light Infantry

Regiments – I

Inns of Court
Officer Training Corps
Irish Guards

Regiments – K

Kent Royal Garrison Artillery
King’s Own (Royal Lancaster Regiment)
King’s Royal Rifle Corps

Regiments – L

Labour Corps
Life Guards
Lincolnshire Regiment
London Regiment

Regiments – M

Machine Gun Corps
Middlesex Regiment
Military Police Corps

Regiments – N & O

North Somerset Yeomanry
Northamptonshire Regiment
Oxfordshire & Buckinghamshire Light Infantry

Regiments – P

Post Office Rifles
Prince of Wales’s Own Civil Service Rifles
Princess of Wales’s Own (Yorkshire Regiment)

Regiments – Q

Queen Alexandra’s Imperial Military Nursing Service
Queen’s Royal West Surrey Regiment
Queen’s Own Dorset Yeomanry
Queen’s Own Royal West Kent Regiment

Regiments – R

Reserve Cavalry Regiment
Rifle Brigade
Royal Air Force
Royal Army Medical Corps
Royal Army Ordnance Corps
Royal Army Service Corps
Royal Berkshire Regiment
Royal Defence Corps
Royal Engineers
Royal Field Artillery
Royal Fusiliers
Royal Garrison Artillery
Royal Irish Rifles
Royal Marines
Royal Navy
Royal Scots Fusiliers
Royal Sussex Regiment
Royal Warwickshire Regiment
Royal Welch Fusiliers
Royal Wiltshire Yeomanry

Regiments – S

Sherwood Foresters
Somerset Light Infantry
Somerset Royal Horse Artillery
South African Infantry
South Lancashire Regiment
South Staffordshire Regiment
South Wales Borderers
Suffolk Regiment
Surrey Yeomanry

Regiments – T

Tank Corps

Regiments – V

Voluntary Aid Detachment

Regiments – W

Welch Regiment
Wellington Mounted Rifles
West Somerset Yeomanry
Wiltshire Regiment
Worcestershire Regiment

Commonwealth War Graves from the camera of CKPonderingsToo

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