1. Fromelles reburials begin

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    On the 30th of January 2010, the first of 250 British and Australian soldiers was reburied at the Commonwealth War Graves Commission's new Fromelles (Pheasant Wood) Military Cemetery.

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    • Fromelles Cemetery nears completion ahead of reburials

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      At Fromelles in northern France, the Commonwealth War Graves Commission is building its first new cemetery in 50 years. On 30 January 2010, the reburial of 250 Australian and British soldiers will begin. These reburials will continue through February and the public will be able to view proceedings. With around 70% of the construction at Fromelles (Pheasant Wood) Military Cemetery now complete, Ranald Leask reports on how this important project is progressing.

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      • Commission replaces vandalised war graves

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        Local residents in Godalming, Surrey, have thanked the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, after two First World War headstones were replaced three weeks after vandals destroyed them.

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        • Climate change and the Commonwealth War Graves Commission

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          What impact might climate change have on the work of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, and how is the organisation planning for such eventualities? Ranald Leask has been to France and Belgium to find out.

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          • "The Children Who Fought Hitler" - November 2009

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            As Remembrance Day draws near, one fascinating story demonstrates the sacrifice made by people of all backgrounds and ages in the Second World War. "The Children Who Fought Hitler" examines the history of the Commission's own staff who lived in Ieper in Belgium, but who were forced to flee from the Nazis in 1940. Many of the pupils vowed to fight back against the Nazis and this is their story. In addition to the book, an accompanying film has been produced, which will be shown on BBC4 on Remembrance Sunday.

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            • Why should young people mark Remembrance Day? - November 2009

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              17 year old Crawford McInally-Kier is a pupil at Hutchesons' Grammar School in Glasgow. His great-great-grandfather served with the Queen's Own Cameron Highlanders, and died during the First World War, leaving behind a wife and six month old daughter. Crawford admits that Remembrance Day was a difficult and rather distant concept for him until he visited the war cemeteries and memorials in Flanders. In this video, Crawford tells how his visit changed the way he views Remembrance Day.

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              • Stolen bronze panels replaced - November 09

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                The memory of over 50 fallen soldiers will be once again be honoured on Remembrance Day, following the replacement of six bronze panels, which were stolen last year. The plaques were taken last November from Philips Park Cemetery in Manchester, but at a special re-dedication ceremony at the weekend, the panels were unveiled in a service led by the Bishop of Middleton, the Rt Rev Mark Davies. The new plaques are exact copies of those which were taken, and honour soldiers from the Manchester Regiment, Lancashire Fusiliers and Cheshire Regiment, who died in both the First and Second World Wars.

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                • 65th Arnhem Commemoration - September 2009

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                  On the weekend of the 19th and 20th of September, thousands of people gathered in and around Arnhem to remember the Allies' failed attempt to shorten the War by seizing key bridges in Holland and north-west Germany. Ranald Leask of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission spent the weekend talking to local people, visitors and the veterans themselves.

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                  • Brave airmen remembered - September 2009

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                    On Monday 14th September 2009, at Stratford-Upon-Avon Cemetery in England, the Commonwealth War Graves Commission installed the first of a new type of information panel, which tells the story of those buried in the cemetery. The panel was installed after Stratford Aircrew Association asked the Commission to provide information to visitors to the cemetery.

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                    • War Graves Commission youth ambassador - July 2009

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                      Jen Waller attends Cardigan Secondary School in Wales, and recently spent some time on work experience with the Commonwealth War Graves Commission. She’s dedicated herself to the task of bringing the work of the CWGC to a wider audience in the schools of her homeland. Her blog, which can be seen in the "Learning Zone" at www.cwgc.org is thought-provoking and inspirational for young people everywhere. In this video, she tells us why it's so important to continue to remember The Fallen.

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