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World War 1 100th Anniversary

Article by: Darren Griffin
Date: 1 May 2014

August 2014 will mark the 100h anniversary of the outbreak of the First World War in which more than 9 million soldiers died fighting. 6th June also marks the 70th anniversary of D-Day, the Allied invasion of Normandy.

As a result, a great many war veterans and their families will be planning trips to France to pay their respects to the fallen at Commonwealth War Graves.

If you or someone you know is planning a trip to visit a war grave, PocketGPSWorld have a War Cemetery POI set available to download free from our POIs page. The set contains 515 locations in France alone.

The download can be found in the Special Interest POI category.

Source: PocketGPSWorld FREE POIs Download Page

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Posted by DennisN on Thu May 01, 2014 7:17 pm Reply with quote

I remember as a teenager in the fifties on an exchange visit to France being amazed at the sight of the war graves. Not just the sheer numbers and metronomic layout, but how well kept they were. On my latest visit last year, they were still as immaculate as ever. In these days of vandalising yobs, it is an inspiration to see how beautifully they are maintained.


If it tastes good - it's fattening.

Two of them are obesiting!!

Posted by MaFt on Thu May 01, 2014 10:39 pm Reply with quote

I went to some in, I think, Belgium when I was about 12 - all I remember was how neat and tidy they all were. Good to see they still are.


Posted by DennisN on Fri May 02, 2014 6:32 am Reply with quote

Mileposts topped by world war one helmets...


If it tastes good - it's fattening.

Two of them are obesiting!!

Posted by PeirreOBollox on Sat May 03, 2014 10:17 am Reply with quote

Last summer as part of my travels, I visited several CWGC sites in France and Belgium. Along the way I discovered a good Michelin guide book Cemeteries and Memorials in Belgium and Northern France http://www.cwgc.org/learning-and-resources/publications/items-for-sale.aspx which I found a great reference with maps to use along side the War Graves POI.
Also useful is the search facility provided by the CWGC on their website http://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead.aspx which enabled me to search my family. Where several results enabled me to focus & visit the sites where these names where listed. The CWGC searches enabled me to Print off plans for each site & pin point the exact grave plot at each site.

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Posted by pillboxman on Wed May 07, 2014 10:00 am Reply with quote

When on holiday anywhere in Europe my wife and I always try to visit the local Commonwealth War Grave to pay our respects.

Thanks for creating this POI.


Posted by KenBruce on Fri Nov 28, 2014 12:02 am Reply with quote

The CWGC have done their own Android app. It's on Google Play Store called CWGC War Graves

See my website https://www.poigraves.uk

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