FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
More About What We Do
Why focus on 1775-1815?
We believe that the war dead deserve nothing but the best, and that means the best research into their cases, and their stories.
We therefore decided to focus on one time period, and built a team of people who were either experts of the period, or dedicated enthusiasts. That way all our trustees have the knowledge of the period that enables them to achieve results faster, and connect with the key people in the field to make things happen.
Do you have to be a historian to join?
No. Whether you've been interested in the period for years, or are just starting out, we'd love to hear from you. We pride ourselves on welcoming anyone and everyone who has an interest in this period, and believe, as we do, that the veterans of these wars deserve dignity in death.
There are no barriers to becoming a member, a volunteer, a committee member, or a trustee. You don't need any qualifications, just passion.
How can I get involved?
There are loads of options.
Why not join us as a member? You'll be helping us to fund important grave restorations, research and burials, and you'll get the benefits of being part of our community.
If you want to find out whether we're right for you, come to one of our events.
Membership subscriptions aren't for everyone, but one off donations make a huge difference to us. Find out more here.
If you want to be more hands on, check out our volunteer scheme
Do you only focus on British war dead?
No. Our charity was deliberately set up to care for the graves and remains of veterans of ALL nationalities.
General or Private.
Soldier or sailor.
French, Prussian, Russian, Spanish, American, British, Indian, or any other nationality, it doesn't matter.
Death is the great leveller, and all of them deserve to have their service recognised.
We believe so passionately about this that our international team of trustees built this ethos into our constitution - the document which governs how we run the charity.
The bottom line is this: If they served between 1775 and 1815, the charity is here to help.
What are the benefits of becoming a member?
When you join you'll receive:
- A personal welcome letter from the Charity's Chair
- A membership badge
- A membership card with a unique member's number
- Free access to our monthly talks, which are always held online, so that you can join from anywhere in the world
- Exclusive discounts to our 'in person' events and on our merchandise
- Special deals at military history publishers
Most importantly though, you'll be helping us achieve our aims of restoring graves, and honouring veterans of this period.
Can I just start cleaning my local graves straight away?
There are a lot of legal restrictions on grave maintenance. The charity always, deliberately, hires qualified stone masons for grave restoration, as they know how best to use exactly the right chemicals to clean the graves without damaging them.
Therefore, please don't start cleaning graves without speaking to us first. It is important that the graves are properly assessed, and that you don't put yourself in a position where you are breaking the law, despite the best intentions.
If you'd like to get hands on, you can do this in other ways, whilst still having a massive impact, through our volunteer programme