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Origins

The practice of burying military dead in individual graves, where they could be identified, was first begun on a large scale in the First World War. Military cemeteries sprang up all along the Western Front, ranging in size from a few individuals buried on the spot where they fell in action to cemeteries of several hundred behind the fighting line.

Origins

War Grave Agencies

The scale of casualties caused by the fighting from the early months of the Great War of 1914-1918 confronted the warring nations with the question of what to do about the burial of the dead. As a result, war graves registration services were set up during or soon after the war.

Agencies

Battlegrounds

In and around the main battlefields where fighting took place there are cemeteries and memorials containing the remains or listing names of those who died in military service.

Ypres Salient

Somme

Marne

Treaties

Since 1856 there have been several treaties and agreements regarding the resting place of war dead in Europe.

Treaties


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