Imperial War Graves Commission letter

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Title

Imperial War Graves Commission letter

Description

Standard form letter sent to family of deceased servicemen describing the details of the standard headstone and attaching a form to complete for a personal inscription. Also is an illustration of a typical headstone.

There is also a photograph of a headstone in a cemetery.

Date

1949-04-05

Temporal Coverage

Spatial Coverage

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Format

A printed letter, an illustration and a colour photograph on an album page

Publisher

IBCC Digital Archive

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PBurkittWF17010006

Transcription

Tel.: Bourne End 594. [crest] IMPERIAL WAR GRAVES COMMISSION,
Wooburn House, Wooburn Green,
High Wycombe, Bucks.

[crest]

5 APR 1949

Dear Sir or Madam,

I venture to ask for your assistance in completing the attached form.

The Imperial War Graves Commission have been entrusted, for this war as for the last, with the duty of permanently commemorating those members of His Majesty's Naval, Military, and Air Forces from all parts of the British Empire who die in the service of the Allied cause. The Commission will consequently be responsible for marking and caring for the graves, or, in the case of those who have no known grave, for making provision for other suitable form of commemoration and also for recording all names in permanent Registers. This work will be carried out at the cost of the Commission, whose funds are provided by all the Governments of the Empire.

A headstone of the same simple pattern will, as before, mark each grave; thus every man, rich or poor, General or Private, will be honoured in the same way.

In order to carry out these duties, and to complete the permanent Registers, the Commission desire certain additional information which they hope you will be so good as to supply on the attached form, which should be returned to the Commission.

You will notice that a space has been left on the form for a personal inscription to be selected by the relatives, if they so desire, for engraving on the headstone. Where, owing to the course of military operations, it has so far been impossible to find or identify a grave, no personal inscription should be inserted on the form. Should the grave eventually be discovered I shall, of course, write to you again and you will then have a further opportunity to choose an inscription.

Some relatives have expressed the wish to pay for this personal inscription, and an opportunity will be given to them later on of meeting the cost. Should they not wish to do so, the cost will be borne by the Commission.

[inserted] Owing to increase in cost of engraving Personal Inscriptions since the attached was printed, the amount which may be paid by relatives has been raised from 7s. 6d to £1.

Yours faithfully,

F. HIGGINSON,

Secretary. [/inserted]

[page break]

[specimen only stamp] [serial number]

[underlined] THE HEADSTONE [/underlined]

[drawing]
[RAF crest]
PILOT OFFICER
F.P. BROWN
ROYAL AIR FORCE
15TH SEPTEMBER 1940 AGE 21
[symbol]
SPACE FOR 4 LINES OF INSCRIPTION CHOSEN BY RELATIVES
[sketch of flowers, either side]

THE HEADSTONE STANDS 2 FEET 8 INCHES ABOVE GROUND, IS 1 FOOT 3 INCHES BROAD AND 3 INCHES THICK.
IT IS INSCRIBED WITH A BADGE AND RELIGIOUS EMBLEM AND THE SERVICE PARTICULARS OF THE DECEASED.
AT THE FOOT OF THE STONE IS A SPACE IN WHICH CAN BE ENGRAVED AN INSCRIPTION CHOSEN BY THE RELATIVES. THIS INSCRIPTION MUST NOT EXCEED [underlined] 60 LETTERS [/underlined] IN LENGTH.

[underlined] IMPERIAL WAR GRAVES COMMISSION [/underlined]

[underlined] WOOBURN GREEN – JAN 24 1948 DRAWN BY M. NEWELL [/underlined]

[serial number]

[page break]

[photograph

Citation

“Imperial War Graves Commission letter,” IBCC Digital Archive, accessed September 19, 2021, https://ibccdigitalarchive.lincoln.ac.uk/omeka/collections/document/19605.

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