Commonwealth War Graves Research Training Session

Brilliant thought provoking session at the Leigh Community Centre, Leigh-on-Sea on Friday 26th January 2018 as part of the Southend Schools Festival of Remembrance project about what the CWGC can offer a project like ours.

Huge thanks to the CWGC and to the wonderful Glenn Hearnden who came last Friday to help us with the gaps in our knowledge about the Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC). The photograph really doesn't do the session justice as it doesn't allow us to show the interest and knowledge provided by our very knowledgeable team.

Glenn is a superb speaker and although most people in the room knew something about the work that the CWGC undertook during and after the Great War and WWII it was useful to learn wider context and background. It is so easy to forget what the CWGC achieved and achieves every year in remembering those that died during the two conflicts.

Thanks to everyone that came and to all the historians who have shared their hard work and research with us to help start putting the trail together. We are going to be building on the excellent work that Glenn and his organisation already do but applying it to support teaching and learning about WW1 Southend in the future.

For more information please visit the CWGC website: The SSFR Trail Research Team are going to be using the impressive research that Michael Eighteen has already done on tracking those that died from Southend-on-Sea in the Great War but if you want to know more please do go to

A really great day!

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