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Annual Report

Annual Report 2013 - 2014



New annual report shares stories of 12 months of commemoration and innovation at the Commonwealth War Graves Commission

The CWGC's 2013-2014 Annual Report - which charts the Commission's year in the run up to the Centenary of the outbreak of the First World War - is published on November 11, Remembrance Day.

The publication details the many forms of commemoration and remembrance the Commission has helped shape during the past year, from anniversaries and memorials through to educational programmes and software-based services. 

A Royal Air Force helicopter airlifted a new memorial onto a remote island in the Scottish Highlands in August 2013, setting the scene for another year of challenging and rewarding projects undertaken to honour the Commonwealth casualties of the two world wars.

In Iraq, the CWGC started restorative work at Basra War Cemetery and the Indian Forces Cemetery. Meanwhile, an online Virtual Cemetery education resource was launched as part of our commitment to educating future generations about our work.

A second digital innovation, Archives Online, was also rolled out. The 'search' tool has been made available through our website to enable users to get greater historical detail on relatives, famous poets and others who served during the wars.

Our departing Director General Brian Davidson oversaw preparations for the high profile centenary of the First World War and 70th anniversaries of key events in the Second World War were also marked.  

Newly appointed Director General Victoria Wallace takes over from Brian, with the former Chief Executive of Leeds Castle leading the Commission forward as we look ahead to our own centenary in 2017.

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