Visitors to Commonwealth War Graves Commission cemeteries will
see neat rows of headstones, usually carved from Portland
Each stone is the same size and shape, conveying the equality of
Carved on each is the regimental badge or country emblem, the name,
rank, date of death, regiment, religious symbol and, if requested
by the family, a personal inscription.
Most graves are separate, but in some cases, where the
headstones are touching, the fallen may have been buried in a group
or in a trench.
Larger cemeteries contain the Stone of Remembrance, designed by
Sir Edwin Lutyens, twelve feet in length and usually set on three
stone steps. The stone bears a quotation from the Bible , chosen by
Rudyard Kipling: "Their Name Liveth For Evermore". The stone
represents those of all faiths and none.
The Cross of Sacrifice, designed by Sir Reginald Blomfield, is
set on an octagonal stone base, and it bears a bronze sword on its
face. It represents the religion of most of the fallen and the
military nature of the cemetery. The Cross comes in four sizes
dependent on how large the cemetery is.
Many cemeteries contain special memorial headstones, which have
an explanatory superscription such as "BURIED NEAR THIS SPOT". This
might indicate uncertainty as to the exact location of a grave.
Another example of a special memorial is the Duhallow Block, so
named after a cemetery near Ieper where it was first used. These
Blocks are erected to the memory of those whose graves had been
lost or destroyed in later battles. They bear the words, from the
Bible, chosen by Kipling: "Their Glory Shall Not Be Blotted
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