Gallery: 749 Society Talk

A packed Memorial Hall enjoyed a fascinating insight into the history and work of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC) given by Vice Admiral Sir Tim Laurence KCVO CB ADC(P) who was until June, Vice Chair of the Commission.

Sir Tim outlined the criteria by which CWGC had been founded and how some were considered controversial particularly, that officers and soldiers were buried alongside each other no matter what their rank. CWGC continues to honour the 1.7m fallen men and women with its work and Sir Tim revealed that every year 30-40 bodies are uncovered, primarily from WWI, and that the job of the CWGC is to identify and then ensure they have a proper burial.

It was particularly fitting the talk was held on Armistice Day and as well as pupils, guests included members of the 749 Society and those who had supported the restoration of the Memorial Hall.