The Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC) recently launched a digital and interactive campaign for Canadians to tour the Commission’s war graves and memorials around the world.
Titled “To the Four Corners,” the online resource features stories, videos, and pictures of the Commission’s site.
According to a CWGC press release, the work of the Commission goes beyond the formal battlefields in Europe and is spread across every continent except Antarctica. Therefore, through this campaign, Canadians can experience even the remotest of sites.
“Our work to commemorate Canadians both here and abroad demonstrates the huge commitment the CWGC has to the Commonwealth Forces. Fallen Canadian servicemen and women are scattered across the globe, from The Netherlands to Japan, from Turkey to Hong Kong, from Russia to Italy. In each case, our global teams work to maintain their cemeteries and memorials for future generations to visit.” said David Loveridge, area director for Canada and the Americas area.
The Four Corners also features stories about Canada’s heroes commemorated across rural Canada.
For example, Private Donald Pollock, who after returning home from the First World War with his twin brother, later died of the Spanish flu.
Private Pollock is buried next to his twin brother on the family’s isolated old farmstead, near the hamlet of Neidpath in Saskatchewan, accessible only by quadbike.
This new campaign follows the launch of the Commission’s previous successful campaign, Voices of Liberation. This online sound archive featured Second World War stories from Canadian veterans, their families, and friends.
The Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC) commemorates the 1.7 million Commonwealth servicemen and women who died during the two world wars. It also holds and updates an extensive and accessible records archive. The Commission operates in more than 23,000 locations in more than 150 countries.
To check out To The Four Corners, please see their website