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Commonwealth War Graves Commission - Newark Cemetery

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As part of War Graves Week, hear about the CWGC and the heroic stories of the servicemen and women honoured within Newark cemetery

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The Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC) honours the 1.7 million men and women of the Commonwealth forces who died in the First and Second World Wars, and ensures they will never be forgotten.

In this talk, a representative from the Commonwealth War Graves Commission will explain the work of the CWGC by discussing its history. The talk will cover the work of the CWGC from its inception during the First World War to the work it continues to undertake today. This will include personal stories of some of the local casualties in the CWGC’s care in Newark, in addition to information about the ongoing work of the Commission.

During the Second World War there were a number of R.A.F. stations within a few miles of Newark, from many of which operated squadrons of the Polish Air Force. A special plot was set aside in Newark Cemetery for R.A.F. burials and this is now the war graves plot, where all but ten of the 90 Commonwealth and all of the 397 Polish burials were made. The cemetery also contains 49 scattered burials of the First World War. A memorial cross to the Polish airmen buried here was erected in the plot and was unveiled in 1941 by President Raczkiewicz, ex-President of the Polish Republic and head of the war time Polish Government in London, supported by General Sikorski, Commander-in-Chief of the Polish Forces and war time Polish Prime Minister. When both men subsequently died, General Sikorski in 1943 and President Raczkiewicz in 1947, they were buried at the foot of the Polish Memorial. General Sikorski's remains were returned to Poland in 1993, but there is still a memorial to him at Newark.

One ticket is needed per household. Please cancel tickets no longer needed as places are limited. This talk is hosted by the Spirit of Wartime Sherwood project with thanks to the National Lottery Heritage Fund. Attendees will be sent a brief survey following the talk, it would be much appreciated if this could be completed and returned to enable us to provide future activities.


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