Commonwealth Cemeteries of World War I

With the help of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC) we have produced a set of resources to visualise the Commonwealth cemeteries, burial plots and memorials across the globe for those who lost their lives as a result of World War I. For ideas on how to explore this data see Peter Francis’ blog Mapping the Impact of the Great War (http://ww1centenary.oucs.ox.ac.uk/space-into-place/mapping-the-impact-of-the-great-war/).

Global Visualisation

This map shows all of the Commonwealth cemeteries, memorials and other locations worldwide where we have data to indicate there is a World War I burial or memorial, represented by pins. Spin the globe to explore the vast number of countries who commemorate those from the Commonwealth who died in the conflict. You can zoom down to street level if Google Earth holds enough information for that area. Are there any locations that you would like to find out more about? Click on the pin and be taken to the CWCG webpage for that memorial and learn more.

Watch a video of the map on YouTube

Instructions: If you haven’t already, download Google Earth to your computer, then download this KML file. A KML file is a file that contains geographic annotation and visualisation for earth viewing software. Open the file in Google Earth. You can use your cursor to move around the globe and in many cases zoom down to street level. Click on the pins for links to the CWGC website.

Discover your nearest World War I cemetery / memorial

Our local cemetery finder will tell you where the nearest Commonwealth burial plots, cemeteries and memorials are to you right now. What can this tell you about your local community and World War I?

Instructions: visit our local cemetery finder. You may be asked to ‘Share your location’ (do so!). You will then be shown your nearest cemeteries or memorials within a 10, 50 and 100 km radius. If you are having problems viewing these check that your browser is up to date, and if you are using an iPhone your browser locations settings are on (Settings | location services | then set safari to be “on”).

UK Counties

It is easy to view the Commonwealth burial plots, cemeteries and memorials in the UK using our county KML layers. Using the list below, download the files for the counties you are interested in then open them in Google Earth. Alternatively you can view these on a Google Map.


Instructions: If you haven’t already, download Google Earth to your computer, then download the files of the counties you would like to explore from the list below. A KML file is a file that contains geographic annotation and visualisation for earth viewing software. Open the file in Google Earth. You can use your cursor to move the globe and in many cases zoom down to street level. Click on the pins for links to the CWGC website.

Countries of the World

If you are interested in a specific country you can download KML layers for individual countries and view those on Google Earth.  You can also view these maps directly on Google Maps by following the links below.

Instructions: If you haven’t already, download Google Earth to your computer, then download the files of the countries you would like to explore from the list below. A KML file is a file that contains geographic annotation and visualisation for earth viewing software. Open the file in Google Earth. You can use your cursor to move around the globe and in many cases zoom down to street level. Click on the pins for links to the CWGC website.

Data Download

Licenced as CC BY-NC-SA, you can download the data from the CWGC in a variety of formats from our GitHub account to create your own mappings and visualisations.

Cite : Commonwealth Cemeteries of World War I (http://ww1centenary.oucs.ox.ac.uk/?p=1533) by Pat Lockley (http://ww1centenary.oucs.ox.ac.uk/author/patrick-lockley/) licensed as Creative Commons Attribution-Non-Commercial-Share Alike 2.0 UK: England & Wales (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/2.0/uk/)

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About Pat Lockley

I helped to develop this site's structure and elements of the theme. I worked to develop a series of visualisations and open data resources for this site and to help approach World War One from new perspectives More examples of my work exist on my website www.pgogy.com
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11 Responses to Commonwealth Cemeteries of World War I

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  3. What do I do about adding a cemetery that I believe to be missing from the map?

    • Kate Lindsay says:

      Hi Guido,

      The data has been supplied by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission and is of all the cemeteries they have collected geodata for. They haven’t collected geodata for all the cemeteries in their database yet. The easiest way would be to download the relevant files from out github account and update it with the cemetery and logitude and latitude, which you may need some technical skills for. Otherwise contact the CWGC with the geodata they could add it to their database for that cemetery. Which cemetery is it that is missing?

  4. Rob says:

    How do you search for a particular cemetery?
    I have a great uncle in Morchies Military Cemetery in Northern France, but there arte so many pins in that area that it is too time consuming to scan them all.

    Thanks,

    Rob

    • Rob says:

      It’s OK – I worked my way down the list until I found it – but a search function would be great!

      • Kate Lindsay says:

        Hi Rob,

        If you are viewing on Google Maps just click on the link, then in your browser menu go to Edit | Find and type ‘Morchies’ and it will be highlighted on the map. Glad you found what you were looking for!

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  6. Greg Elder says:

    Are you going to map each Memorial and include a photo with description?

    • Kate Lindsay says:

      Hi Greg, All the memorials we have geodata for are mapped. If you click on the memorial it will take you to the CWGC website that has a photo a description of the memorial.

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