HC Deb 19 November 1918 vol 110 cc3329-30

asked the Under-Secretary of State for War if the director of the graves department will be instructed to supply to the relatives of fallen soldiers a map or plan showing the grave marked and a photograph of the same at as early a date as possible; and if such work will be commenced at once?


Relatives have since June, 1915, been supplied on request with photographs of registered identified graves by the Director-General of Graves Registration and Inquiries out of funds provided mainly by the Joint War Committee of the British Red Cross Society and the Order of Saint John.

Over 91,000 such requests have been complied with, and these photographs have been dispatched to all parts of the Empire.

The outstanding work throughout the area occupied by the British Armies in France and Belgium and the Eastern theatres of war, including those areas which have recently become accessible, is proceeding as rapidly as possible.

The issue to relatives of maps or plans indicating the exact position of cemeteries or isolated graves is already under consideration. It has been impossible hitherto to provide the draughtsmen required for the purpose, but full descriptions of the location of the graves have in all cases, been furnished.

Mr. H. LAW

Can the right hon. Gentleman say to whom reports for photographs of graves my be addressed?


To Brigadier-General Fabian Ware, Director of Graves Registration and Inquiries, Winchester House, St. James' Square.

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