Skip to main content

Fabian Ware

Major General Sir Fabian Ware, founder in 1917 of the Imperial (now Commonwealth) War Graves Commission and its Vice-Chairman until 1948, has a memorial stone in St George's chapel in Westminster Abbey. This chapel was set up after the First World War as the Warriors Chapel until dedicated to St George in 1944. The small stone, unveiled in 1950, set in the west wall reads:

"In memoriam Fabian Ware 1869-1949"

He was born at Clifton near Bristol on 17th June 1869 the only son of Charles and Amy and was educated in London and Paris. He worked as a schoolmaster in England and in South Africa. His wife was Anna Phibbs and they had a son and a daughter. During the 1914-18 war he worked for the British Red Cross in France and set up the War Graves Commission in order that the bodies of fallen soldiers from the battlefields could be re-buried in permanent cemeteries with proper headstones. In 1922 he was knighted. He was also editor of the newspaper the Morning Post. He died on 28th April 1949 and is buried at Amberley in Gloucestershire.

A service to mark the centenary of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission was held in the Abbey on 23rd May 2017.

Further reading

Oxford Dictionary of National Biography 2004

www.cwgc.org

Born

17th June 1869

Died

28th April 1949

Field

Soldier

Location

St George's Chapel

Memorial Type

Stone

Material Type

Stone

Fabian Ware
Fabian Ware memorial

© The Dean and Chapter of Westminster

This image can be purchased from Westminster Abbey Library

Related Commemorations

westminster-abbey-freeman-thomas-1st-marquess-of-willingdon-grave

Freeman Thomas, 1st Marquess of Willingdon

1866-1941
Politician, Soldier and Statesman
william-birdwood-cc

William Birdwood

1865-1951
Soldier
winston-churchill-cc

Sir Winston Churchill

1874-1965
Artist, Writer, Soldier, Statesman and Historian
westminster-abbey-edmund-allenby-memorial

Edmund Allenby

1861-1936
Soldier
westminster-abbey-padres-flag-st-georges-chapel

Reverend David Railton

1884-1955
Priest and Soldier

Having a daily relationship with a 1000 year old garden is a joy.

spacer

Jan - Head Gardener

Twitter logo Tweet this