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I've visited over 300 Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC) cemeteries, and dozens of Volksbund Deutsche Kriegsgräberfürsorge e.V. (counterpart to the CWGC) cemeteries in the Western Front, and they all hold two things in common for me - they are uniquely beautiful, and they never cease to move me. It is both a profoundly disturbing and rewarding experience to be surrounded by so many souls whose lives were cut way too short, in all too often horrifying circumstances. If you never get the chance to visit these cemeteries in person, I hope your virtual-visit gives you an appreciation for the manner in which these men and women are cared for, in perpetuity by representatives of the CWGC and volunteers of the humanitarian organization Volksbund Deutsche Kriegsgräberfürsorge e.V.. This blog also contains videos of various ceremonies in Europe and Canada, with a particular emphasis on the Great War Centenary (2014-2018).  We Will Remember Them.

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Zivy Crater Cemetery

0:30 Private T.E. Allard 1:15 Private H. Cheesman 1:25 Lance Serjeant W. Gray 1:40 Private C. Owen 1:50 Private T. McGrath  

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Y Farm Military Cemetery

0:45 Private J.W. Croft 0:50 Private G.W. Shea 0:55 Private L.W. Bowman 1:00 Private J. Comrie 1:05 Private J. Theobald 1:20 J. Josef Reichart 1:25 Private A. Green 2:35 Corporal J.C. Plaskett 2:50 Private G.H. Lowe 3:15 Private Alexander McW. Skinner 3:55 Rifleman Budasing Gurung 4:35 Sepoy Hira Singh  

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Woburn Abbey Cemetery

0:55 Private G.W. Hambridge 1:15 Serjeant W.H. Basing 1:30 Corporal F.H. Keddell 2:45 Private A. Mayhew

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Wieltje Farm Cemetery

Wieltje Farm Cemetery was made and used by fighting units (in particular by the 2nd/4th Gloucesters) in July-October 1917. There are now 115 Commonwealth servicemen of the Great War buried or commemorated in this cemetery. 10 of the burials are unidentified and there are special memorials to 20 casualties whose graves were destroyed by shell fire. There is also one German war grave. The cemetery was designed by A J S Hutton.  

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Wellington Cemetery

1:20 Private E.G. Wellington 1:35 Private E.W. Christie 2:05 Private G.A. Warrander 2:25 Serjeant M. Johnson MM 3:00 Gunner A.E. Young 3:20 Corporal C. Arnold  

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Warlencourt British Cemetery

Warlencourt, the Butte de Warlencourt and Eaucourt-L'Abbaye were the scene of very fierce fighting in 1916. Eaucourt was taken by the 47th (London) Division early in October. The Butte (a Roman mound of excavated chalk, about 17 metres high, once covered with pines) was attacked by that and other divisions, but it was not relinquished by the Germans until the following 26 February, when they withdrew to the Hindenburg Line. The 51st (Highland) Division fought a delaying action here on 25 March 1

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Vignacourt British Cemetery

1:45 Private Norman Austin 2:45 Private W.S. Johnston 2:55 Labourer Kkongji Pyrton 3:00 Private E.J. Anderson 3:05 Captain Malcolm A. McKechnie MC

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Vicq Communal Cemetery

0:15 Private J.P. McMahon 0:20 Private O.I. Buchanan 0:25 Private J.G. Davies 0:35 Private G.R. Baldsen 0:40 Serjeant F.S. Parks  

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Utrecht (Soestbergen) General Cemetery

0:25 Flight Lieutenant N.L. Merret DFC & Bar 0:30 Flight Lieutenant O.H. Oden 0:40 Warrant Officer II J.B.S.P.H. David 0:50 Pilot Officer G.W. Armstrong 1:10 SSGT David Erby Jefferson

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Tyne Cot Cemetery Video

2:05 Major E.C. Norsworthy 2:25 Lieutenant Guy M. Drummond 3:00 Private James Peter Robertson VC 3:55 Private J. Bradeen, Serjeant D.S. Reid 4:35 Private H. Connor  

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Trois Arbres Cemetery

0:20 Private A. Colson 1:30 Private A.H. White 4:05 Lance Sergeant T.O. Ross DCM 6:25 Major H.G. McLeod  Commonwealth War Graves Commission Cemetery

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The Front Line by Private Robert Edward Bradshaw

Recitation of The Great War poem written by Private Robert Edward Bradshaw, 16th Battalion, Canadian Infantry, Canadian Expeditionary Force, killed in action, April 9th 1917 on the first day of the Battle of Vimy Ridge (Battle of Arras); performed by his grandson, Jason Bradshaw of Brantford, Ontario. Private Bradshaw was 29 years old at the time of his death. His body has been lost, but believed by historian Norm Christie to still remain in Grave CA 40, south of Neuville-St-Vaast and Thélus, Fr

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