The Commission

Every year on 9 June, Archivists around the world celebrate International Archive Day. It is a fantastic chance to share culturally significant collections held in all sorts of Archive repositories. This year’s theme is ‘Archives, Citizenship and Interculturalism’, something which we believe the Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC) can closely relate to.

In order to celebrate this year, the Archive team asked CWGC staff across the world to tell us which item in the collection is their favourite. We had some wonderful and varied responses to the extended shortlist we provided, with lots of thought going into the reasons why each document might be viewed as the most significant or interesting. A tough choice!

The CWGC has offices around the world as well as site- or region-specific staff, and responses ranged from staff in the UK at Head Office to France, Belgium, Italy, Cyprus, Canada, Pakistan and Thailand.

Below you will see which item(s) had the most votes, and some of the brilliant reasons for their choices.

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