2nd Lieutenant Edward Owens D.C.M.

Edward Owens. Biography. Tannay.

Tannay British Cemetery

The Tannay British Cemetery near Thiennes in northern France is as well kept and as neat as all the War Graves are looked after. There are 363 Fist World War casualty burials and 18 from the Second World War 3 of which are unknown solders.

Tannay British Cemetery is situated close to the Village of  Thiennes About 20 mins drive from st Omer

Commonwealth War Graves  Commission       

The Cemetery at Tannay is managed by  the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

Established by Royal Charter in 1917, the Commonwealth War Graves Commission pays tribute to the 1,700,000 men and women of the Commonwealth forces who died in the two world wars. It is a non-profit-making organisation that was founded by Sir Fabian Ware.

The Commission cares for the graves and memorials of almost 1.7 million Commonwealth servicemen and women who died in the two world wars. These include the graves of more than 935,000 identified casualties and almost 212,000 unidentified individuals. The names of almost 760,000 people can be found on memorials to the missing.

In addition to commemorating the Commonwealth forces, we maintain  40,000 war graves of other nationalities and more than 25,000 non-war military and civilian graves on a repayment basis.

At the  Commonwealth War Graves Commission web site you can read more of the organisations aims and achievements, discover histories created by a collaboration between the Commonwealth War Graves Commission and the Imperial War Museum.You can also search their records.   

Commonwealth War Graves Commission


Commonwealth War Graves Commission Learning Zone


Other World War Pages of interest

BBC World Wars


The National Archives, Kew, Richmond, Surrey TW9 4DU. Tel: +44 (0) 20 8876 3444

The National Archives

The Long, Long Trail is all about the British Army in the First World War:

aimed at the family and military researcher, it is a tribute to the men and women

who fought and won - and to the million who died trying.

The Long, Long Trail