Milverton, Somerset

WI December update

On Thursday 3 November Milverton WI hosted Rebecca Smith who gave an excellent talk on the History and Work of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission. She illustrated her talk with slides explaining the history of the Commission and how the work is carried out to ensure the details of the military personnel, which are inscribed on each headstone, are accurate.

The sheer numbers of War Graves is heartbreaking; however, the care taken to research the details for each life lost is immense. There are approximately 23,000 locations in more than 150 countries and territories in the Commonwealth. CWGC graves may also be found in individual churchyards throughout the country. Their work is ongoing – they have recently discovered the remains of a soldier just outside the CWGC cemetery near Arras in Normandy, France. They were also able to contact the soldier’s relatives via the MOD’s Joint Casualty and Compassionate Centre. The War Graves are kept in immaculate condition in landscaped gardens. It was a sobering talk but showed compassion as a result of war.

For our next meeting on 1 December 2022 at 2.30pm we will be thinking of Christmas and will welcome the Hillbillies to serenade us in the Victoria Rooms.