51 CWGC Cemeteries and Memorials now have World Heritage Status

A long list of 139 locations connected with WW1 in Belgium and France were recently granted World Heritage status. They include the Canadian National Vimy Memorial, Canadian Brooding Soldier at St. Julien in Flanders, Canadian Cemetery No. 2 and Givenchy Road Canadian Cemetery, both within Vimy Memorial Park.

Also Beaumont Hamel (Newfoundland) Memorial & 29th Division Memorial, Commonwealth Memorial Park Beaumont Hamel (Newfoundland) Memorial Park & Hunter’s Cemetery.

The Menin Gate Memorial is included which commemorates soldiers from many commonwealth countries with no known grave. Cemeteries on the list are named for America, Australia, Belgium, Britain, France, Germany, Italy, Portugal, Romania, and South Africa. Many of those included, such as Tyne Cot, the largest cemetery for Commonwealth forces in the world, for any war have a mix of nationalities: United Kingdom: 8,907; Canada: 966; Newfoundland: 14; Australia: 1,353; New Zealand: 519; South Africa: 90; British West Indies: 2; France: 1; Germany: 4.

See the full list of 139 at https://www.cwgc.org/our-work/news/commonwealth-war-graves-commission-cwgc-delighted-by-unesco-world-heritage-status-inscription/



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