England Rugby remembers
England rugby players make centenary visit to CWGC Brookwood Military Cemetery
England rugby players Jonny May and Will Collier have taken time to pay tribute to the war dead at the Commonwealth War Graves Commission’s biggest UK site, Brookwood Military Cemetery, near Woking, in Surrey.
The invite was extended as part of the CWGC’s centenary, this month (May), and in recognition of the Commission’s status as the Rugby Football Union’s nominated services charity for this season.
The two international players paid their respects by laying a wreath at the cemetery and touring the CWGC Centenary Exhibition, currently on display at Brookwood. The CWGC is one of the world’s largest horticultural organisations, managing an estate the size of almost 1,000 rugby pitches.
In its centenary year, the CWGC is also partnering with the RFU to raise awareness of the sacrifice made by rugby players, from all levels of the game, who lost their lives in the two world wars. The Rugby Remembers campaign encourages young people to discover these stories and visit their local war graves. Jonny May and Will Collier met some of the young people already involved in the campaign.
The CWGC’s Centenary Exhibition, “For Then, For Now, Forever”, is free to visit and is open every day from 10am to 4pm.
For more information about the CWGC, the Centenary Exhibition and the Rugby Remembers campaign, visit the website www.cwgc.org
Photos courtesy of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.
The Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC) is a not-for-profit intergovernmental organisation, founded by Fabian Ware and constituted through Royal Charter in 1917. The key aim of the organisation is to honour the 1,700,000 men and women of the forces of the Commonwealth who died in the two world wars and ensure that their memory is never forgotten.
The Commission operates in more than 23,000 locations in more than 150 countries. It also holds and updates an extensive and accessible records archive.