Marking the memories of a million soldiers

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Tyne Cot is the largest cemetery for Commonwealth forces in the world, for any war

The act of Remembrance takes place every day of the year for the Commonwealth War Graves Commission. It works to maintain more than one million headstones and memorials in 154 countries around the world to mark those who died in World War One and World War Two. Tyne Cot cemetery near the town of Ypres in Belgium is where almost 12,000 soldiers who fought in World War One are buried.

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These two soldiers died on the same day of the Battle of the Somme. One was a celebrated footballer and VC winner

“We are probably the world’s largest gardener,” Peter Francis from the Commission says, with staff mowing the equivalent of 1,000 football pitches every week. The headstones are the same size surrounded by uniform lawns and flowers.The Commission says everyone who died is treated equally, adding it “doesn’t matter whether you were killed in battle and awarded a Victoria Cross or wheth

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