Using archives to explore the personal history of veterans

As part of the national Explore your Archive campaign The Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC) is providing a unique opportunity to visit its archive, on November 17th in Maidenhead.

CWGC archives day

Among the exhibits visitors will be able to see artefacts belonging to veterans including the personal effects of Jack Kingston, a veteran of the First World War, and also a CWGC gardener in France during the 1920s.

Staff records will also available to view including that of John Harris, who was a Pupil Gardner in France after the First World War. He served in the Second World War and was a prisoner of war in Thailand.

"The event is free and we really hope to see as many people there as possible. If anyone has any information or photographs of the men and women we look after from both world wars, it would be lovely for them to bring these along on the day." Andrew Fetherston, CWGC's archivist.

The free event, which will run from 1pm to 4pm, will be held at CWGC's head office in Marlow Road, Maidenhead. Those wishing to attend should register their interest online at Eventbrite. Refreshments will also be available.

Find out more on The CWGC's website

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