War Graves Association

Main topics: petition in favour of repatriation of bodies of British dead; organised by Mrs S.A. Smith of Leeds; Commission’s response to criticism of the decision against repatriation; resolutions by branches of British War Graves Association re repatriation of bodies and free passages for relatives to visit graves; requests that Association be given official facilities to assist relatives to visit cemeteries abroad (pilgrimages); threats to make illegal exhumations if right of repatriation is refused; and applications to French and Belgian governments to allow exhumation of British bodies for repatriation; correspondence between Association and various members of government or Parliament; criticisms of appearance of cemeteries and materials used resulting from pilgrimages by Association members to cemeteries; plea that bodies should be placed in coffins.