Mary at Quarrington Hill
Mary at Quarrington Hill's Remembrance Service in November 2021

Mary is calling on residents to come together to discover heritage on their doorsteps by embracing War Graves Week (21st – 28th May) – an initiative from the Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC).

War Graves Week encourages local residents to learn more about the stories of those commemorated by the CWGC in the City of Durham.

City of Durham residents keen to learn more about the remarkable stories of the men and women of the Commonwealth forces that died in the First and Second World Wars who are buried in their communities can visit and visit the cemeteries in person. War Graves Week provides a unique chance for the people of Durham to reconnect with their local history.

At, Durham residents can learn about the Ordinary People, Extraordinary Times project – the focus of this year’s War Graves Week. Alongside the front-line armed forces, the CWGC will be celebrating the value those who served during the World Wars brought to key sectors such as healthcare, logistics, infrastructure and communications, and the parallels with today’s global Britain which they helped to create.

Mary said

I’d encourage all my constituents to embrace War Graves Week. It’s a fantastic opportunity to reconnect with our local history and learn about the courageous ordinary people from our communities who fought for our communities.

Behind every name on a war grave or memorial in Durham is a human story waiting to be discovered and War Graves Week is the perfect opportunity to do that.


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