For Then, For Now, Forever: One Hundred Years of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission tells the story of the Commission through historic artefacts and archival materials in a free exhibition opening on Saturday (20 May).

Founded in 1917, the Commission was the creation of one extraordinary man, Fabian Ware, to create lasting memorials to the thousands of WW1 casualties.

As well as the history of the CWGC, you can find out about the Commission’s founding principles – to honour each Serviceman or woman equally regardless of rank, religion, race or gender.

The exhibition will also demonstrate the ongoing mission to care for the graves and memorials of 1.7 million Commonwealth servicemen and women who died in both world wars, in 154 countries around the world.

You will be invited to take a card corresponding to one of the 7,000 casualties at Brookwood Military Cemetery and encouraged to visit that grave or memorial within the grounds for a moment of quiet reflection.

The Centenary Exhibition will be officially opened on 20 May by veteran supporter Brian Blessed.

Exhibition details

When: 20 May to 19 November

Where: Canada Building, CWGC Brookwood Military Cemetery, Dawney Hill, Pirbright, Woking, Surrey GU24 0JB

Opening hours: 10am – 4pm (seven days a week)

Cost: Free admission and parking

Transport: Short walk from Brookwood Station (Waterloo-to-Basingstoke line)

Contact: www.cwgc.org or call 01628 634221

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