Veterans & War Graves

The Commonwealth War Graves Commission and the Royal Commonwealth Ex-Services League are some of the oldest non-governmental organisations working in the Commonwealth.

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

2 Marlow Road, Maidenhead, Berkshire SL6 7DX, UK

Tel: +44 1628 634221 | Fax: +44 1628 771208 | Email:

The Commission marks and maintains graves, builds memorials and keeps records of Commonwealth service men and women who died in the First and Second World Wars.

Foundation: 1917 (as the Imperial War Graves Commission)

Officers: President: The Duke of Kent; Chair: The Secretary of State for Defence in the UK; Vice-Chair: Lieutenant-General Sir Alistair Irwin KCB CBE; Director-General and Secretary to the Commission: Alan Pateman-Jones

Royal Commonwealth Ex-Services League (RCEL)

Haig House, 199 Borough High Street, London SE1 1AA, UK

Tel: +44 20 3207 2413 | Email:

RCEL provides financial assistance to Commonwealth veterans in need who served the Crown and who are resident outside the UK. In 2003 it became the Royal Commonwealth Ex-Services League by order of Queen Elizabeth II.

Foundation: 1921 (as the Empire Service League)

Officers: Grand President: Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh KG KT; Deputy Grand President: General Sir Sam Cowan KCB CBE; Secretary-General: Colonel Paul Davis CBE