Letter to Mrs Doreen Ellis from the Imperial War Graves Commission

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Letter to Mrs Doreen Ellis from the Imperial War Graves Commission

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The letter refers to the gravestone that will be erected for Doreen's late husband.

Date

1951-09-18

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One printed sheet

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IBCC Digital Archive

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[Royal crest]

[National scheme for disabled men crest]

IMPERIAL WAR GRAVES COMMISSION,

WOOBURN HOUSE, WOOBURN GREEN,

HIGH WYCOMBE, BUCKS.

Tel: Bourne End 594.

18 SEP 1951

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 was as with he last, with he duty of per-manently 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 responsi-ble for marking and caring for the graves, or, in the case of those who have no known grave, for making pro-vision 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 Govern-ments of the Empire.

A headstone of the same simple pattern will, as before, mark each grave; thus every man, rich or poor, Gen-eral 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 then 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 rela-tives, 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 fur-ther opportunity to choose an inscription.

Some relatives have expressed the wish topsy 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 Commis-sion.

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

Yours faithfully,

F. HIGGINSON,

[italics] Secretary. [/italics]

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The Imperial War Graves Commission, “Letter to Mrs Doreen Ellis from the Imperial War Graves Commission,” IBCC Digital Archive, accessed September 27, 2022, https://ibccdigitalarchive.lincoln.ac.uk/omeka/collections/document/28650.

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