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on 16 May 2007
Biographer and historian Julie Summers and acclaimed newspaper photographer Brian Harris have combined their talents to produce this memorable and visually stunning book thats publication date marks the 90th anniversary of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, established by Royal Charter in 1917 as the Imperial War Graves Commission with its guiding principle of equal treatment of all war dead, irrespective of rank, race or creed..

The History of this organisation which is responsible for cemeteries and memorials in 23,000 locations in 150 countries around the world began with the work and foresight of one Red Cross volunteer, Fabian Ware in the First World War. Careful record keeping by Ware and his resistance to the selective repatriation of war dead were early features of war graves work.Later Ware called upon a wealth of talents including Sir Edwin Lutyens to design the cemeteries and memorials of the First World War. Rudyard Kipling, his only son missing in the trenches, became the first literary adviser to the I.W.G.C.

The remarkable story unfolds with supporting well-selected archival photos as well as stunning contemporary ones. The role of ordinary men and women is not forgotten: Annie Souls, an Oxfordshire housewife who lost five sons in the First World War and Ben Leech who was allowed by the Germans in World War 2 to continue tending the Somme war cemeteries, also finding time to involve himself in Resistance activities.

Many aspects of the work of the CWGC are covered: grave concentration, horticulture and gravestone production. There was no standard type of gravestone: as at Gallipoli climate dictated the use of pedestal stones in a style similar to that used after the Second World War in war cemeteries in Thailand and Burma. At Mill Road cemetery on the Somme flat headstones were dictated by old German tunnels below, and in Malta rocky ground and shortage of land necessitated multiple burial plots.

Many of Brian Harris' photos remind us of the beautiful, calm settings of many war cemetries in places like the Somme & Monte Cassino - once ravaged, desolate battlefields There are particularly outstanding photos of Chungkai in Thailand and Ramparts Cemetery, Ypres. Some of the best photos are taken early in the morning: Kranji, Singapore, the gardeners already at work, and Alexandria War Cemetery, Egypt. Some cemeteries are in more busy urban settings or have become so: Sai Wan, Hong Kong in particular.

This book is a fitting tribute to the work of the CWGC. and a reminder to us of the sacrifice of the 1,700,000 men and women of the Commonwealth Forces who died in the two World Wars.

All Royalties from 'Remembered' go to the CWGC to support its work.
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on 4 June 2007
Military historians and family history researchers along with the many of the thousands who regularly visit the battlefields and Commonwealth War cemeteries around the globe each year, will be delighted with this superb large format colourful volume, which in a mixture of words and beautiful photographs chronicles the history of the multi-national organization that is tasked with caring for the final resting places of over 1.7 million Commonwealth war dead of both the Great and Second World Wars.

The Commonwealth War Graves Commission who's work is funded by the Australian, British, Canadian, Indian, New Zealand and South African Governments, skillfully and caringly maintains cemeteries in no less than 23,000 cemeteries in locations spanning 170 countries worldwide, was founded 90 years ago with the aim of recording the exact burial places of servicemen killed in battle and providing them with a grave, where without distinction in rank, race or creed, but with uniformity would be remembered in perpetuity.

Writing this book would not have been an easy task, however the author has succeeded, in not only covering the history of the Commission, but has also cleverly "woven in" many fascinating stories behind the headstones adding a human and sensitive perspective to the history too. This factor alone makes fascinating reading however, when the text is coupled together with Brian Harris's brilliant and very often artistic photographs taken in Europe, Canada, the Middle and Far East, the volume becomes more valuable to both the researcher and casual reader.

As all royalties from the sale of this excellent volume are being donated towards the work of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, I would therefore urge anyone with an interest is this fascinating subject to purchase this volume to assist them in keeping up their excellent work.
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on 31 May 2014
Another purchase I made because of my interest in war grave photography. It is a magnificent book, full of photographs that leave you asking the question: "why?"
Very large war cemeteries can be overwhelming places to visit, the rows of headstones can sometimes be intimidating, but here they are treated as places of beauty, worthy of photography.
I do not recall much of the text inside the book, it was the images that caught my eye. This is the sort of book you keep on coming back to because of the quality of the content. And, to see places that you may never visit in your lifetime.
A wonderful book, and a wonderful addition to any collection.
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on 18 August 2013
A beautiful and informative book. It showed the great loss and sadness of the country during this period from which we have not recovered..
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on 30 November 2010
This is a book which is essentially photographic in nature , the history of the CWGC is rather brief but it reads well and the old photos of the cemeteries and wartime craves is quite good.
The modern colour photos are really excellent the sum of which is a book which you can pick up again and again .

The book is of stout and sound construction , binding is excellent and the font size is easy on the eye - the paper quality is good.
Worth the money yes - |I bought my copy from the CWGC.
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on 21 June 2007
This is a beautiful book covering an important and moving subject. Of course, "the subject" is not just the war cemeteries covered so well here, but the whole tragedy of war, especially World War One.

As I grow older it is increasingly sad, and even more humbling, to think of those thousands of men dying for - in so many ways - nothing.

All the more important then that we remember them, their loss and - here's the real point - that we as a nation of people collectively show our debt and gratitude to all servicemen by tending the graves of the fallen.

We should also provide today's soldiers with decent equipment, housing and pay, but that's another story. Maybe by paying homage to the dead of the last century we can better appreciate the service of those today.

After I bought a copy for myself I immediately got another one for a friend.

Highly recommended.
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on 4 April 2010
A really special book, which charts the work of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission and its unsung hero and founder Fabian Ware. Full of beautiful pictures and moving anecdotes. Anyone who has an ancestor among the fallen of the two world wars will love this book.
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on 4 February 2015
Fantastic book, sold as used but in mint condition. Stunning photo's but the text seems VERY similar to the book Empires of the Dead by David Crane. Excellent value and highly recommended.
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on 21 June 2010
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on 31 August 2007
Enjoyed the book but much of the text is lifted from other books on the subject. I would have liked to have seen more old photographs of the cemeteries in their original state.
Whilst the modern photographs are very good there are ones that are just as good in the Commission's Annual Reports.
HOWEVER THERE IS A GLARING MISTAKE ON PAGE 145 WHICH SHOULD HAVE BEEN PICKED UP :- The photograph shows the small GORDON CEMETERY at Mametz (100 graves)whist the text describes it as the large GORDON DUMP CEMETERY at La Boisselle with over 1,600 graves.
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