CWGC "Commonwealth War Graves Commission"

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  1. Chimp

    Chimp Moderator & Cheeky Human IMP Staff Member

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    Prior to 28th March 1960 the CWGC "Commonwealth War Graves Commission" was known as the IWGC "Imperial War Graves Commission"

    It is a misconception that you only got on the CWGC if you died between 1914-1918 and 1939-1945.

    Here is what the CWGC says:-

    References to serving in the First World War or Second World War mean service at any time during the official war periods stated below:

    First World War: 4 August 1914 to 31 August 1921 (dates inclusive).

    Second World War: 3 September 1939 to 31 December 1947 (dates inclusive)

    We all know that hostilities were due to cease on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month 1918, but that was not the official date the war ended, it was only the cessation of hostilities. The 31st August 1921 is the official end of war (as per the Order in Council that declared the war ended, as required by the Termination of the Present War)

    The second world war officially ended on 31st December 1947, it was the date agreed by the participating governments to produce a post-war period roughly equal to that of the First World War.
     
  2. Sandiep

    Sandiep Successfully Supports Searches!

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    thanks for that Chimp I really had no idea about that, never too old to learn I guess
     
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  3. Eve

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    @Chimp,
    My Great Grandad Frank Edward Boyce died 6th May 1920. He didn’t die of wounds but from Bronchitis/emphysema type ailments which I think he contacted either due to the conditions in Salonika and then Gas and/or the conditions while in France. His Army pension records do mention in a couple of places the following :-
    State whether the disabilities are: a) attributable ato b) aggravated by
    1) Service during the present war. Yes

    and also
    Date of origin of disability 16/1/19.
    Place of origin of disability France.

    He was sent to a military hospital in Liverpool (Jan/Feb 1919) and then I presume discharged home because my Great Uncle Frederick was born 4th December 1919 !! but then died in the London Chest Hospital in May 1920 from what appear to be the same ailments as in his records.



    One of my Great uncle’s handwritten memoirs mention that he had a gun-carriage funeral procession but although we know the approximate location of his grave there is no headstone. Could/should he have been eligible ?
     
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    Chimp Moderator & Cheeky Human IMP Staff Member

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    I would have thought so.

    Read here

    https://www.cwgc.org/find-records/commemorations/

    one part says

    "Often neither the military authorities nor the Commission were informed of the death of former servicemen and women who died after they were discharged. Where evidence confirms that the circumstances of their death meet the requirements set out in the Royal Charter we will arrange for them to be commemorated."
     
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    I thought he might qualify when I looked at the "T & C's" a while ago but wasn't sure where to start or what evidence they would need. Then covid came and I forgot about it until I saw your post.
     
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    Nor did I know that, so thanks Chimp.
     

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