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The registers were produced for sale originally as well as to be placed at cemeteries. The relatives were able to order copies when they approved the proof of their loved-one's entry. They were also sold to the general public.

CWGC stopped selling them in 2002 and now only sells computer generated versions. The originals can only now be bought in the secondhand book trade or on Ebay etc. Collections occasionally come on the market.

The two copies shown in the link are second editions produced in the 1990s. They are printed copies produced by CWGC from of the originals published in the 1920s. The original pages were photographed and reproduced just as the first editions but with corrections inserted.

The last selling price by CWGC was £8 per copy.

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I like the books and try to buy them whenever I can...CWGC site is fantastic but nothing like having a flick through one of the registers. ABE BOOKS generally has a few. Ive just bought Cemetery Register (798-804) Gommecourt British Cemetery No 2 Hebuterne, Railway Hollow Cemetery etc. for £4.50.

Mick

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Mick

I agree about the 'feel' of flicking through a genuine 1920s or 1930s register. They are direct links with the past.

Buy them when you can. They won't be around much longer.

There are about 1500 of them (both WW1 and WW2). I have a complete set and I can tell you that they take up quite a bit of wall space. However, they are invaluable in helping with various queries.

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For those interested in collecting CWGC registers, below is a summary of the different types of WW1 register which I posted on the Forum a couple of years ago - now lost in the mists of time!

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For those interested collectors, the following is a list of the different types of WW1 register published by CWGC over the years. Not all registers exist in every format (most in only one but many in at least two).

1) Hard Cover Casebound

Light Grey Smooth Texture Cover (cemeteries)

259 x 206mm

Published 1920

2) Soft Cover Perfect Bound (ie sewn with glued-on cover)

Light Grey Rough Texture (cemeteries)

Dark Brown Rough Texture (memorials)

259 x 206mm

Published 1920 onwards

3) Soft Cover Perfect Bound

Light Grey Rough Texture (cemeteries)

Typesetting & layout as per WW2 register style

259 x 206mm

Published 1967

4) Very Stiff Cover Saddle Stiched (ie stapled)

Pinkish Grey Smooth Texture (cemeteries)

259 x 206mm

Published 1970

5) Stiff Cover Saddle Stiched

Dark Grey Rough Texture (cemeteries)

Light Brown Rough Texture (memorials & a few cemeteries)

259 x 206mm

Photographic reprints of first editions

Published mid-1980s onwards

6) Stiff Cover Plastic Ring Bound with acetate over-cover

Light Grey (cemeteries)

250 x 210mm

Temporary photographic reprint of first editions

Published early 1990s?

7) Stiff Cover Heat Seal Binding with acetate over-cover

Green (cemeteries)

297 x 208mm

Two column re-typeset version of first editions

Published 1995 onwards

8) Stiff Cover Heat Seal Binding with acetate over-cover

Green (cemeteries)

Red (memorials)

297 x 208mm

One column - computer produced pages

Published 1995 onwards

9) Stiff Cover Plastic Ring Binding with acetate over-cover

Green (cemeteries)

Red (memorials)

Light Blue (foreign nationals)

297 x 208mm

One column - computer produced pages

Published 1999 onwards

All types include the 'Cause of Death' info (such as it is) which does not appear on the website. Otherwise all casualty info is the same as online. Sometimes, there is more detailed Cemetery info than appears online.

That brought out the publisher in me!

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I've got a few (40 in fact but mostly WW2) for sale at £4 each plus postage. I appreciate that I mustn't use the GWF as a sales medium so if interested please contact me direct.

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