Are you interested in finding your British Force ancestor’s grave from World War I? If you had a relative who served with the British, Irish, Scottish, Australian, or New Zealand forces under the British crown in World War I, there are some great resources available to you. The primary one being the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.
These cemeteries are scattered in Europe in countries like Belgium, France, and Germany. Many are located within a farmer’s field and may not be accessible. The larger ones usually have parking nearby.
The graves of those identified soldiers, have the name, service number, rank, and unit engraved on the stone. The unit crest is also engraved on the stone. Those who are unidentified have this indicated on their stone.
All of these cemeteries are recognizable as you drive through the countryside because they each have a tall cross monument with a sword pointing down.
While these cemeteries usually do not have anyone on staff or an office in which you can inquire about who is buried there, they do have a resource to help you locate individuals.
Within each cemetery you can find a Memorial Registry box. When you open the box, you will find inside, several books of names with grave locations, unit, and death date. There is also a cemetery visitor’s register you can sign.
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