At a Glance

This website ranges over a number of subjects to do with the care and remembrance of the military dead of the Second World War.

It looks at individual graves and memorials, in many countries and of many nationalities, and at ceremonies of burial and remembrance.

It also focuses on a little-known subject, which is how the Second World War British graves, cemeteries and memorials, now under the care of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, came to be where they are, and how the identity of the people in those graves was either established or confirmed. The main focus here is on Western Europe, where the vast majority of casualties in the RAF occurred and where Missing Research was a huge undertaking. That particular story begins after D-Day, 6 June 1944, when the British Army and the RAF began an immense operation on behalf of the dead or missing of all nationalities who had served with the British forces.

The three main aims of the operation were:

  • to discover what had happened to the missing
  • to honorably bury the dead
  • to commemorate those who could not be found

The work included enemy soldiers, who as far as possible were treated as equals.