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The Commonwealth War Graves Commission’s first ever War Graves Week takes place next week (21-28 May), with people encouraged to remember those from their local community who lost their lives in two World Wars.
Claire Horton CBE, Director General of the CWGC, said: “Remembrance Day and anniversaries will always have a place in our work, but War Graves Week is an opportunity for communities to connect with their local heritage in a different way; when the days are longer, when the plants are in bloom, and our cemeteries can be seen in a completely different light. We want people to see that work in action and make a local discovery.
“Many people already know about their family’s links to the World Wars, but all of us have somewhere we call home today, and those places have their own stories too.
“Behind every name on a war grave or memorial is a human story, just waiting to be discovered, and War Graves Week is the perfect opportunity to do just that.”
To help people with their local researches, CWGC is adding a postcode search function for its online war dead database. This contains the records for more than 400,000 World War personnel, whose CWGC war dead record includes a publicly listed address in the UK.
Entering a postcode reveals the nearest street in which a war casualty was from – displaying the records in Google Street View.