Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Ottawa Beechwood Cemetery, Ontario



"We can truly say that the whole circuit of the earth is girdled with the graves of our dead... I have many times asked myself whether there can more potent advocates of peace upon earth through the years to come, than this massed multitude of silent witnesses to the desolation of war."
King George V, Flanders, 1922

The Commonwealth War Graves Commission was established by Royal Charter on 21 May 1917. Its duties are to mark and maintain the graves of the forces of the Commonwealth who died in the two world wars, to build and maintain memorials to the dead whose graves are unknown, and to keep records and registers. Our cost is shared by the partner governments - those of Australia, Canada, India, New Zealand, South Africa and United Kingdom - in proportions based on the numbers of their graves.

The Canadian Agency of the Commission is responsible for fulfilling the Charter tasks in the Americas (including the Caribbean). This includes the care of 20,370 War Dead commemorated in 3,400 cemeteries and on ten memorials.

This web site has been designed to complement the Commission's main site at - we hope you find it interesting and helpful.

Modified: 2017-12-10
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