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Focus on fallen: Effort to photograph every war grave

A project launched to photograph every Commonwealth war grave has now been expanded to an effort to document the memorials of soldiers, sailors and air crew of all nationalities and all conflicts.

The War Graves Photographic Project was set up to photograph the markers of Commonwealth armed forces personnel who died during the two world wars.

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TWGPP has taken more than 1.8 million images from 23,000 cemeteries since 2007.

It now seeks to gather images of all nationalities and conflicts.

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Working in association with the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, the photographic project has more than 1,000 volunteers.

Images have been taken in more than 150 countries, including France, Belgium, Tunisia and Eqypt.

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The aim of the project is to give families and researchers online access to names and information on gravestones and memorials in places that they might not be able to visit.

Scotland has some of the most remote war graves in the UK.

They include one on Ben More Assynt in the north west Highlands where an inscribed granite block marks the site of an aircraft crash.

The Avro Anson's six crew, who were from Scotland, England and South Africa, died when the plane crashed in April 1941.

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