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War Graves

Heverlee war cemetery, near BrusselsUnite members in the Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC) are mainly manual workers, either working on the horticultural side or the works side.  

Horticultural workers are responsible for the daily maintenance of the war cemeteries & memorials in 153 countries, with a majority being locally engaged but with UK based staff posted to different countries.

The works side of the operation is to maintain the fabrications of the cemeteries and memorials, dealing with headstone replacement, wall rebuilding  etc.

The big project for the CWGC at the moment is the 1914-18 project which will commemorate the First World War, with the CWGC website noting the following:

Leopoldsburg war cemetery, Limburg, Belgium
The start in 2014 will mark the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of the Great War. There will be numerous First World War centenary commemorative events throughout the period 2014-2018.

These events present a unique opportunity for the Commission to promote the enduring importance of its work, to highlight the continuing commitment of its member governments to commemorate the war dead, and to engage a new generation in understanding and honouring their sacrifice.

Mark Heaysman, CWGC Trade Union Secretary