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War Graves

Press Release - 12 January 2005

Talk on War Graves Commission

The work of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission will be the subject of this year’s first free public lecture organised by the University of Bath in Swindon in association with the Royal Society of Arts (South West).

Ian Small from the Commission will talk about its history and ongoing work at 6.15pm on Thursday 20 January 2005 at the University's Oakfield campus.

Since its creation in 1917, the Commission has brought immeasurable comfort to the comrades and relatives of the 1,700,000 Commonwealth servicemen and women it commemorates. Images of its immaculately maintained cemeteries and memorials are familiar to all. Today, the Commission operates in 150 countries, caring for war graves in more than 25,000 locations.

Launched in February 2003, the University’s public lecture series is intended to give local residents the opportunity to hear the ideas and experiences of those who play an important part in British life. Speakers have ranged from former Conservative foreign secretary, Lord Hurd of Westwell, to journalist and broadcaster, Bel Mooney.

The talk will be held in the Main Hall of the Oakfield campus. Admission is free and spaces are limited. Tickets are available from Mrs Margaret Isaacs on 01793 328700 or email on