CodeDS/UK/4
Dates1865-1936
Person NameKipling; (Joseph) Rudyard (1865-1936); writer and poet
SurnameKipling
Forenames(Joseph) Rudyard
Epithetwriter and poet
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Biographical NoteJoseph Rudyard Kipling was an English writer and poet. He was the Commission's Literary Adviser and one of its original founding members in 1917.

He was born on 30 December 1865 in Bombay, India.

Kipling's only son, John, was killed during the First World War and his death had a lasting effect on him. John was commissioned as a Lieutenant in the 2nd Bn., Irish Guards, and was killed on 27 September 1915, during the Battle of Loos.

Rudyard Kipling joined the Commission in 1917 and was appointed as the Commission's Literary Adviser. He was consulted whenever an inscription was needed or the Commission had to make a public announcement. Kipling was responsible for choosing the wording used for the Stone of Remembrance ("Their Name Liveth For Evermore", taken from Ecclesiastus 44:14) and the inscription for special memorials ("Their Glory Shall Not Be Blotted Out").

Among other inscriptions, Kipling also chose the inscription for the Basra Memorial in Iraq. Kipling issued advertisements inviting the public to provide suggestions for inscriptions on headstones. In 1919, Kipling published The Graves of the Fallen, a descriptive account of the work of the Imperial War Graves Commission's work, which he wrote at the Commission's request. In 1929, Kipling visited Egypt as a representative of the Commission. He was also present at the unveiling of the Loos Memorial in France on 4th August 1930, where his son, John, was commemorated.

Rudyard Kipling died on 18 January 1936, aged 70. At the memorial service for Kipling at Westminster Abbey, the Commission arranged for a wreath, which was made from flowers collected from the Commission's cemeteries around Loos.
SourceCWGC Archive, WG 237
Catalogue
Unique IDTitle
CWGC/LIB/00843The Irish Guards in The Great War, Vol. II
CWGC/LIB/01487Rudyard Kipling
CWGC/LIB/01488Rudyard Kipling
CWGC/1/1/10/B/32Battle Exploit Memorial - 177 Tunnelling Company, Railway Wood
CWGC/1/1/7/E/58East Africa - Exhumations Concentrations - Kenya Colony
CWGC/1/1/5/9Mr Kipling's Advertisement
CWGC/1/1/12/27Rudyard Kipling; Burial Of
CWGC/1/1/9/E/23Mercantile Marine Memorial - London - Inscriptions
CWGC/1/1/4/20Economy Committee
CWGC/1/1/9/D/20Battle Exploit Memorial - Indian Army - Neuve Chapelle - Inscriptions
CWGC/1/1/9/C/29Basra Memorial
CWGC/1/1/5/11Advertisement By Mr R. Kipling - Suggestions By The Public Re Inscriptions
CWGC/1/1/7/E/28Indian Graves In Gallipoli, Mesopotamia And Asia Minor
CWGC/1/1/9/F/11Tablets In Cathedrals - France And Belgium - Notre Dame
CWGC/1/1/9/F/1Tablets In Cathedrals - France And Belgium
CWGC/1/1/9/B/25Menin Gate Memorial
CWGC/1/1/9/F/55Westminster Abbey
CWGC/1/1/9/D/22Indian Memorial: Neuve Chapelle
CWGC/1/1/16/13The King's Visit To France - Transport
CWGC/1/1/5/18Mr Burdett-Coutts
CWGC/1/1/9/D/26Delhi (INDIA GATE) War Memorial
CWGC/1/1/16/12The King's Visit To France - Travelling Arrangements
CWGC/1/1/9/B/30Sir Fabian Ware - Correspondence Concerning Tyne Cot Memorial
CWGC/1/1/15/29Gifts For The Interiors Of Record Houses; Chapels; Etc.
CWGC/1/1/9/C/21Allenby Memorial - Jerusalem
CWGC/1/1/9/B/38Arras Flying Services Memorial
CWGC/LIB/00156My Boy Jack
CWGC/1/1/12/26Rudyard Kipling - Correspondence (A) and (B)
CWGC/1/1/9/F/52Tablets In Cathedrals - UK - Westminster Abbey - Unveiling
CWGC/1/1/17/2The King's Pilgrimage
CWGC/1/1/9/C/6Memorials To The Missing - Macedonia And Greece - General File
CWGC/1/1/9/E/24Tower Hill Improvement Scheme
CWGC/LIB/01233The Graves of the Fallen
CWGC/1/1/5/43Cemetery Registers
CWGC/1/1/12/3Mr Harry Gosling
CWGC/1/1/12/4Mr J.J. Lawson
CWGC/1/1/9/D/32Memorials To Missing - East Africa - Inscriptions
CWGC/1/1/13/1Re Appointment Of Sir F. Kenyon And A Vice Chairman
CWGC/1/1/9/E/2Memorials To Missing - Lost Or Buried At Sea - East Africans
CWGC/1/1/12/23Mr R. Kipling
CWGC/1/1/4/9Correspondence Re IWGC Endowment Fund
CWGC/1/1/16/28Last Post - Dud Corner Cemetery; Loos
ADD 12/1/14Items from DG's Office - Box 4
CWGC/1/1/7/C/12Graves Of British Civilian Prisoners Of War In Germany
CWGC/1/1/17/7King's Pilgrimage
CWGC/1/1/12/25Rudyard Kipling; Letters From
CWGC/1/1/9/E/50Portsmouth Naval Memorial Unveiling
CWGC/1/1/5/10Advertisement By Mr R. Kipling - Suggestions By The Public Re Headstones
CWGC/1/1/9/E/20Mercantile Marine Memorial - London - Unveiling
CWGC/2/2/1/26COMMISSION MEETING NO.26
CWGC/1/1/12/24Gibraltar - Mr Kipling's Visit
CWGC/1/1/9/E/6Memorials To Missing - Lost Or Buried At Sea - Memorials In Ste Marie Cemetery, Le Havre
CWGC/1/1/9/C/25Egyptian Labour Corps; Camel Transport Corps Memorial
CWGC/1/1/9/A/5Memorials To The Missing Committee Meeting
CWGC/1/1/9/F/10Tablets In Cathedrals - France And Belgium - Amiens Cathedral
CWGC/1/1/9/B/41Anglo-French Cemetery At Thiepval
CWGC/1/1/9/E/8Lost Or Buried At Sea - Memorials In Mikra British Cemetery
CWGC/1/1/9/B/29Menin Gate Memorial - Sounding of Last Post (F 868/1/1/5 PT.1)
CWGC/1/1/16/8HM The King Visit To France And Belgium
CWGC/1/1/9/B/23Ypres - General File
CWGC/2/2/1/73COMMISSION MEETING NO.73
CWGC/1/1/15/37Letters From Other Well-Known Commanders
CWGC/1/1/4/8The Endowment Fund
CWGC/1/1/7/E/63West Africa - Nigeria
CWGC/1/1/9/E/16Memorials To Missing - Mercantile Marine - London
CWGC/1/1/13/78General Sir Fabian Ware
CWGC/LIB/01489My Boy Jack?, The Search for Kipling's Only Son
CWGC/1/1/13/43R. Kett
CWGC/1/1/13/87Remembrance Service - BBC Radio
CWGC/1/1/9/C/15Memorials - Gallipoli - Cape Helles Memorial
CWGC/1/1/10/A/13Memorials - South Africans - Delville Wood
CWGC/1/1/9/E/25Mercantile Marine Memorial
CWGC/1/1/7/A/5Field Marshal Earl Haig
CWGC/1/1/9/C/26Memorials To The Missing - Mesopotamia
CWGC/1/1/16/9HM The King Visit To France And Belgium
CWGC/1/1/9/B/32Memorials To The Missing - La Ferte-Sous-Jouarre
CWGC/1/1/9/E/21Mercantile Marine Memorial - London - Unveiling
CWGC/1/1/9/E/12Mercantile Marine - Memorials To
CWGC/1/1/12/9Lord Baldwin
CWGC/1/1/9/A/4Provisional Headstones And Special Memorials - (Kipling)
CWGC/1/1/9/F/2Tablets In Cathedrals - France And Belgium - General File
CWGC/1/1/9/F/50Tablets In Cathedrals - UK - Westminster Abbey
CWGC/2/2/1/61COMMISSION MEETING NO.61
CWGC/1/1/3/3FX: Confidential - Financial Admin
CWGC/1/1/10/G/13Windows In Memorial Chapel Notre Dame De Lorette
CWGC/1/1/5/20Equality Of Treatment - Debate In House Of Commons; 1920
CWGC/2/2/1/191COMMISSION MEETING NO.191
CWGC/1/1/7/B/55/1List of cemeteries
CWGC/1/1/7/B/55/2Adanac Military Cemetery
CWGC/1/1/5/7/1The Graves Of The Fallen
CWGC/1/1/7/B/55/3Arneke British Cemetery
CWGC/1/1/7/B/55/4Authuile Military Cemetery
CWGC/1/1/7/B/55/5Aval Wood Military Cemetery
CWGC/1/1/7/B/55/6Beaurevoir British Cemetery
CWGC/1/1/7/B/55/7Bernafay Wood British Cemetery
CWGC/1/1/7/B/55/8Blighty Valley Cemetery
CWGC/1/1/7/B/55/9Bouchoir New British Cemetery
CWGC/1/1/7/B/55/10Bray Road Cemetery
CWGC/1/1/7/B/55/11Caestre Military Cemetery
CWGC/1/1/7/B/55/12Canadian and Anzac Sailly-Sur-La-Lys
CWGC/1/1/7/B/55/13Ebblinghem British Cemetery
CWGC/1/1/7/B/55/14Flesquieres Hill British Cemetery
CWGC/1/1/7/B/55/15Fouquescourt British Cemetery
CWGC/1/1/7/B/55/16Fricourt New Military Cemetery
CWGC/1/1/7/B/55/17Gordon Dump Cemetery
CWGC/1/1/7/B/55/18Gouzeaucourt New British Cemetery
CWGC/1/1/7/B/55/19Grandcourt Road British Cemetery
CWGC/1/1/7/B/55/20Guards Grave - Villers Cotterets Forest
CWGC/1/1/7/B/55/21Guillemont Road Military Cemetery
CWGC/1/1/7/B/55/22Hazebrouck Communal Cemetery
CWGC/1/1/7/B/55/23Hillside British Cemetery
CWGC/1/1/7/B/55/24La Kreule British Cemetery
CWGC/1/1/7/B/55/25Le Grand Beaumart British Cemetery
CWGC/1/1/7/B/55/26Meerut Military Cemetery
CWGC/1/1/7/B/55/27Meteren Military Cemetery
CWGC/1/1/7/B/55/28Metz-en-Couture Communal Cemetery British Extension
CWGC/1/1/7/B/55/29Peake Wood British Cemetery
CWGC/1/1/7/B/55/30Philosophe British Cemetery
CWGC/1/1/7/B/55/31Quarry Cemetery, Montauban
CWGC/1/1/7/B/55/32Ribecourt Railway British Cemetery
CWGC/1/1/7/B/55/34Roye New British Cemetery
CWGC/1/1/7/B/55/33Royal Irish Rifles Graveyard, Laventie
CWGC/1/1/7/B/55/35Rue De Bois Military Cemetery
CWGC/1/1/7/B/55/36Ruyaulcourt British Cemetery
CWGC/1/1/7/B/55/37Stumps Road Cemetery
CWGC/1/1/7/B/55/38Tannay British Cemetery
CWGC/1/1/7/B/55/39Thistle Dump Cemetery
CWGC/1/1/7/B/55/40Y Farm Military Cemetery
CWGC/1/1/9/F/14Tablets In Cathedrals - France And Belgium - Notre Dame - Unveiling
CWGC/2/2/1/33COMMISSION MEETING NO.33
CWGC/2/2/1/19COMMISSION MEETING NO.19
CWGC/1/1/7/B/55Baker - Revised Estimates - Cemetery Design Approval Documents
CWGC/1/1/9/B/3Memorials to the Missing
CWGC/2/2/1/1COMMISSION MEETING NO.01 - Nov 1917
CWGC/LIB/00085The Irish Guards in the Great War Vol. I
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