List of Commonwealth War Graves Commission World War I memorials to the missing

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The Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC) aims to commemorate the UK and Commonwealth dead of the World Wars, either by maintaining a war grave in a cemetery, or where there is no known grave, by listing the dead on a memorial to the missing.[1]

The majority of the memorials commissioned by the CWGC to commemorate the missing dead of World War I were erected in Belgium and France along or near to the Western Front. The following list is of the CWGC memorials to the missing of the First World War erected elsewhere, both in the UK and other regions of the worlds, limited to those that list more than 1000 names each.

The total from the 'numbers' column below of those listed on these memorials is 138,062.

List of memorials[edit]

Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC) World War I memorials
Article and reference Picture Country Location Co-ordinates Number listed Description of those listed Dates covered Major battles Date unveiled Memorial designer Memorial unveiled by
Basra Memorial

CWGC

Basra Commonwealth War Memorial (4098449914).jpg Iraq Basra 30°24′42″N 47°32′45″E / 30.4116°N 47.5458°E / 30.4116; 47.5458 (Basra Memorial) 40,625 UK and British Empire forces Autumn 1914 to end of August 1921 Mesopotamia Campaign 27 March 1929 Edward Warren Gilbert Clayton
Helles Memorial

CWGC

Ephesus 06 28 09 0419.jpg Turkey Cape Helles 40°02′45″N 26°10′45″E / 40.0458°N 26.1792°E / 40.0458; 26.1792 (Helles Memorial) 20,884 British, Indian and Australian forces April 1915 to January 1916 Gallipoli Campaign 1924 John James Burnet not specified
India Gate

CWGC

India Gate in New Delhi 03-2016.jpg India New Delhi 28°36′46″N 77°13′45″E / 28.6129°N 77.2293°E / 28.6129; 77.2293 (India Gate) 13,216 British Empire and Indian forces entire war and to 1921 North-West Frontier and Third Afghan War 12 February 1931 Edwin Lutyens Lord Irwin
Tower Hill Memorial

CWGC

Unknownsailor.jpg United Kingdom London 51°30′35″N 0°04′40″W / 51.5097°N 0.0778°W / 51.5097; -0.0778 (Tower Hill Memorial) 12,210 Mercantile Marine entire war naval transport and convoys 12 December 1928 Edwin Lutyens Queen Mary
Portsmouth Naval Memorial

CWGC

Portsmouth Naval Memorial.jpg United Kingdom Portsmouth 50°46′57″N 1°05′45″W / 50.7824°N 1.0958°W / 50.7824; -1.0958 (Portsmouth Naval Memorial) 9,667 Royal Navy entire war naval campaigns 15 October 1924 Robert Lorimer Duke of York
Chatham Naval Memorial

CWGC

GillinghamNavalWarMem2711.JPG United Kingdom Chatham 51°23′01″N 0°31′56″E / 51.3836°N 0.5322°E / 51.3836; 0.5322 (Chatham Naval Memorial) 8,517 Royal Navy entire war naval campaigns 26 April 1924 Robert Lorimer Prince of Wales
Plymouth Naval Memorial

CWGC

War memorial, Plymouth.jpg United Kingdom Plymouth 50°21′52″N 4°08′32″W / 50.3644°N 4.1422°W / 50.3644; -4.1422 (Plymouth Naval Memorial) 7,251 Royal Navy entire war naval campaigns 29 July 1924 Robert Lorimer Prince George
Lone Pine Memorial

CWGC

Lone Pine Cemetery - Gallipoli Peninsula - Dardanelles - Turkey.jpg Turkey Gallipoli Peninsula 40°13′51″N 26°17′14″E / 40.2307°N 26.2871°E / 40.2307; 26.2871 (Lone Pine Memorial) 4,932 Australian and New Zealand servicemen mostly May to August 1915 Battle of Lone Pine 1925 John James Burnet no official unveiling
Port Tewfik Memorial

CWGC

COLLECTIE TROPENMUSEUM Suez monument bij Port Tefik TMnr 60018228.jpg Egypt Port Suez 29°57′43″N 32°33′30″E / 29.9620°N 32.5582°E / 29.9620; 32.5582 (Port Tewfik Memorial) 3,727 British Indian Army 1915 to 1918 Sinai and Palestine Campaign May 1926 John James Burnet Lord Lloyd
Tehran Memorial

CWGC

picture Iran Tehran 35°46′35″N 51°26′19″E / 35.7765°N 51.4387°E / 35.7765; 51.4387 (Tehran Memorial) 3,580 UK, Indian and New Zealand forces December 1914 to October 1918 Persian Campaign not specified not specified not specified
Jerusalem Memorial

CWGC

JERUSALEM WAR CEMETERY - D7-08-1449.JPG Israel Jerusalem 31°47′54″N 35°14′23″E / 31.7983°N 35.2397°E / 31.7983; 35.2397 (Jerusalem Memorial) 3,308 Egyptian Expeditionary Force 1915 to 1918 Sinai and Palestine Campaign 7 May 1927 John James Burnet Lord Allenby and James Parr
Bombay 1914-1918 Memorial

CWGC

picture India Mumbai 18°57′18″N 72°50′24″E / 18.9549°N 72.8400°E / 18.9549; 72.8400 (Bombay 1914-1918 Memorial) 2,206 Indian, Adenese and East African sailors and Royal Indian Marine entire war naval campaigns and transport not specified not specified not specified
Doiran Memorial

CWGC

Doiran memorial in Greece 01.jpg Greece Doirani 41°10′07″N 22°45′44″E / 41.1685°N 22.7623°E / 41.1685; 22.7623 (Doiran Memorial) 2,171 British Salonika Force October 1915 to November 1918 Salonika Campaign 25 September 1926 Robert Lorimer George Macdonogh
Hollybrook Memorial

CWGC

picture United Kingdom Southampton 50°56′02″N 1°25′52″W / 50.9338°N 1.4311°W / 50.9338; -1.4311 (Hollybrook Memorial) 1,897 Land and air forces lost at sea entire war SS Mendi and other ships 10 December 1930 T. Newham William Robertson
Dar es Salaam British and Indian Memorial

CWGC

picture Tanzania Dar es Salaam 6°46′27″S 39°14′41″E / 6.7743°S 39.2447°E / -6.7743; 39.2447 (Dar es Salaam British and Indian Memorial) 1,528 British Empire and Indian forces during and after January 1917 East African Campaign not specified not specified not specified
Nairobi British and Indian Memorial

CWGC

picture Kenya Nairobi 1°17′57″S 36°49′25″E / 1.2991°S 36.8237°E / -1.2991; 36.8237 (Nairobi British and Indian Memorial) 1,234 British Empire and Indian forces before January 1917 East African Campaign not specified not specified not specified
Freetown Memorial

CWGC

picture Sierra Leone Freetown 8°29′20″N 13°14′08″W / 8.4889°N 13.2355°W / 8.4889; -13.2355 (Freetown Memorial) 1,109 West African Frontier Force entire war Campaigns in West Africa not specified not specified not specified
East African Memorials

CWGC

CWGC

CWGC

FREEDOM HEROES -.JPG Kenya and Tanzania Mombasa, Nairobi and Dar es Salaam 4°03′35″S 39°41′36″E / 4.0598°S 39.6934°E / -4.0598; 39.6934 (Mombasa African Memorial) 1°17′03″S 36°49′20″E / 1.2842°S 36.8222°E / -1.2842; 36.8222 (Nairobi African Memorial) 6°49′00″S 39°17′22″E / 6.8166°S 39.2895°E / -6.8166; 39.2895 (Dar es Salaam African Memorial) none [2] King's African Rifles and Carrier Corps entire war East African Campaign not specified not specified not specified

References[edit]

  1. ^ Some of those named on memorials to the missing will have been buried as "unknowns", with a gravestone marked "Known Unto God", but the bodies of many of those commemorated on these memorials were never recovered, could not be recovered, or no remains were left to be recovered.
  2. ^ The number commemorated by the three East African memorials at Mombasa, Nairobi, and Dar es Salaam is 49,572, but as no complete record of the names of the dead exists, no names appear on the memorials.

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