We have partnered with There But Not There to offer a range of downloadable resources for schools. Using historic sources from the CWGC’s collection, and fully linked to the curricula in England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales; examining the scale of the World Wars and how we have chosen to commemorate those who died.

You can find out more information about how to get involved in the There But No There project here

CWGC An Introduction

This short introductory film provides an oversight of the formation and work of The Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

At four minutes running time, it can act as a useful centrepiece to any lesson or assembly. Suitable for: ALL AGES

Alternatively, you can download a written introduction here:

Choosing How to Remember

The War Graves Commission cemeteries were designed to treat all who fell with equality, by ensuring that all headstones were the same size and shape. But it was also important that individuals were recognised, by the inclusion of personal information and inscriptions.

Using historic sources including photographs, archives and real-life examples, this lesson gives students the opportunity to look at the debate around equality and individuality which occurred when the cemeteries were designed, and also looks at how families chose to remember their loved ones through personal inscriptions which impact the way we remember those who served today. You may also wish for your students to use this opportunity to inspire their persuasive writing skills, or to explore the idea of memorials to the missing through art and design.

Suitable for: KS2 and KS3

PowerPoint History Skills and Creative Response Presentation 

Supporting Materials

CWGC The ‘Lost’ of the First World War

The scale and pace of the First World War meant that there were unprecedented numbers of casualties. Many soldiers were buried unidentified. This meant that families would have no place to lay flowers or to pay their respects.

The man in charge of the Directorate of Graves Registration and Enquiries (and later the War Graves Commission), Fabian Ware, wanted to reduce the number of servicemen and women who would be buried unidentified and therefore officially become one of the ‘lost’. Using real sources from the CWGC archive these lessons offer your students the opportunity to investigate his practical proposal to reduce this problem.

There is also a chance to explore the creation of memorials to the missing through art and design.

Suitable for: KS3

PowerPoint History Skills and Creative Response Presentation 

Supporting Materials

Assembly Ideas

The work of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission provides a lens through which to investigate two significant days in the national calendar. Since the 11 November 1918 the UK marks the Armistice of the First World War. This has now become a national event every year and is an opportunity to remember those who have died in all conflicts. In addition, Commonwealth Day which is marked in March, can provide the perfect opportunity to explore some of Britain’s continuing connections to the world.

KS2 Assembly Ideas

KS3 Assembly Ideas

Curriculum Statements

These Curriculum Statements help teachers to identify how these resources can be linked directly to the curricula of the UK. They detail links to History and Citizenship in England, The World Around Us and Environment and Society in Northern Ireland, Social Studies in Scotland and History and Personal and Social Education in Wales.

KS2 Curriculum Statement 

KS3 Curriculum Statement 


We welcome any feedback from teachers on these resources or the types of resources that we might want to create in the future. If you have images of your students engaging with our resources (with full permissions in place) we would love to see them, please contact us on public.engagement@cwgc.org