Historical Photography of The War Dead of The British Commonwealth In The First World War
Hundreds of thousands wounded or illsoldiers were Wounded and evacuated from the front. The ended up in aid posts, dressing stations and field hospitals Throughout the battlefields of Europe. Those who died there were buried near by where they were killed in combat or died in a field hospital. The British set up full hospitals behind the front lines and large cemeteries were built in particular further behind the front close to those hospitals The journey to see the British war cemeteries is also a journey to the front lines, small towns and villages that were destroyed during the war and the rear aid stations of the first world war.
After the armistice official search parties conducted intensive expeditions to locate the huge number of missing isolated War Graves and small groups of burial grounds. They were all brought together into larger cemeteries under the Commonwealth war Graves commission. if they wished the German, French and Belgian families Could have had their dead buried at home. The British decided not to repatriate bodies and the 1920s military cemeteries were given their final design.
Today British government takes impeccable care of the cemeteries and the graves of those fallen in war. The photos on his website represent over 15 years of travel to Europe throughout France and Belgium from the United States in an effort to photograph each and every resting place from the First World war.
We can truly say the whole Circuit of the earth is girdled with the graves of our dead. In the course of my pilgrimage, I had many times asked myself whether there can be more potent advocates of peace upon the earth through the years to come, then this mask multitude of silent masses to the dissolutions of war
King George V. Tyne Cot Cemetery
|Killed Or Died Of Wounds||Total Casualties|
|Austria - Hungary||1,200,000||7,020,000|