An Outstanding Contribution
Back in 2007 and until 2016 the Commonwealth War Graves Commission agreed that we could work in association with the organisation and TWGPP was regarded as joint venture in providing photographs of Commonwealth forces war graves.
This was achieved by constructive talks between the then directors and staff at CWGC HQ at Maidenhead in Berkshire where a relationship had been building over the years. The CWGC appreciated the significance of our dedicated team of volunteers who work as individuals, or in organised groups in such a venture which aims to Remember in Perpetuity.
Our work culminated in the presentation of a Presidents Commendation – “In grateful recognition of an outstanding contribution to the Commonwealth War Graves Commission” by His Royal Highness The Duke of Kent KG GCMG GCVO ADC in May 2013
The Commendation went on to read:
“The War Graves Photographic Project is hereby awarded the Presidents Commendation for an outstanding contribution to the work and aims of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission. The award will be presented to Mr Steve Rogers, Project Coordinator, on behalf of all volunteers.
The Projects volunteers have proactively taken photographs of over 1.5 million graves and memorial inscriptions in the Commissions care and continue to provide thousands of these photographs to members of the public each year, many of them next of kin unable to travel to visit the grave or memorial in person.
Images have been provided to the Commission for use on our website and in verifying records against the commemoration in situ The Projects work has become a vital component of our ongoing efforts to serve the public and to commemorate the fallen.
For an outstanding practical contribution to the work of the commission the Presidents Commendation is awarded to The War Graves Project Volunteers.”