Rowland Brothers International have been global leaders in repatriation since 1971 and we are proud to say that we offer global repatriation services to clients anywhere in the world.

Because of such expertise and the relationship we have built with the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, we are able to help clients to repatriate cremated remains of family members to be laid to rest with veterans of the wars buried in CWGC’s sites worldwide.

There are 581,000 servicemen and women of the Second World War in War memorials & cemeteries across the globe. More than 183,000 of these are in the UK alone, buried in graves or named in memorials dating from the conflict.

These are upheld and maintained by the dedicated Commonwealth War Graves Commission who make an incredible effort to commemorate the memorials of fallen soldiers from the war.

The Commission follows four principles to ensure all memorials are honoured with respect and dignity.

  • Each of the dead should be commemorated by name on the headstone or memorial
  • Headstones and memorials should be permanent
  • Headstones should be uniform
  • There should be no distinction made on account of military or civil rank, race or creed

Since their establishment, more than 1.7 million burials are now commemorated at military and civil sites in some 150 countries.

An image of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission's map illustrating all of the memorials around the world they maintain.
Credit: Commonwealth War Graves Commission

The scale of the Commission’s commitment – a map marking every memorial the CWGC maintain.

Whether the memorials are in regions as remote as the Namib Desert or Brookwood Cemetery in Surrey, the Commission is committed to commemorating the brave men and women who gave their lives in the wars.

The CWGC have done a remarkable job at commemorating the fallen and at Rowland Brothers International, we’re proud to work with the Commission to repatriate cremated remains of close relative wishing to be interred with a family member buried at a war grave plot.

If you’d like to know more about our service, contact us and our team will be happy to help.

To find out more about the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, click here.