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Friends of Gainsborough Cemetery event

Through the help of the CWGC Living Memory Project, the Friends of Gainsborough Cemetery held a commemorative ceremony to mark the newly restored and acknowledged CWGC headstone.

The headstone marks the final resting place of Lance Corporal Ernest Charles Freebury, of the Lincolnshire Regiment, who died on 30 December 1918 aged 26.

Local school children along with elected representatives, Royal British Legion members and the wider Gainsborough community, attended the ceremony which featured readings, a minutes silence and the Last Post.

They were also joined by Lance Corporal Freebury’s great nephew, Stuart Credland.

The group also undertook further research on the 57 servicemen buried in the site, with a booklet and exhibition being produced.

This information will be shared during cemetery tours on both Lincolnshire Heritage Open Day, 11 September, and Remembrance Day weekend.

Gainsborough - Living Memory


Last Post tribute in ‎Wales

Musicians from local brass bands played the Last Post simultaneously at the graves of two men who died from wounds sustained during the Battle of the Somme, 100 years ago.

The graves are that of Lewington George Davis who died aged 17 and is buried in Cardiff Cathays Cemetery and John Parry, who died aged 27, and is buried in Llanwenllwyfo (St Gwenllwyfo) Churchyard. Both men are from the same battalion; The Canadian Infantry, 44th Battalion.


New Sikh garden of remembrance, Bristol

Members of the Bristol Indian Association have visited their local war graves, as well as the Chattri Memorial near Brighton, as part of the CWGC Living Memory Project. They are also busy creating a new Sikh Garden of Remembrance in Bristol, which they hope to complete later in the year.

Sikh Garden - Living Memory


New lament for Battle of the Somme centenary, Northern Ireland

A ‪WW1 soldier listed on the ‪CWGC Menin Gate Memorial was remembered further after a piping tune was named in his honour.

The Royal Scottish Pipe Band Association (Northern Ireland Branch – RSPBANI) have titled a new lament after Private Richard Maybin – who was killed in action on 2 June 1916 during an assault on the Ypres Salient.

Iain Bell, former Pipe Major of Burgh of Langholm Pipe Band, Dumfriesshire, saw his tune being selected as the one to remember Private Maybin.

To mark the centenary of Private Maybin, the RSPBANI Branch, through the CWGC Living Memory Project, asked pipers from across the world to come up with a new lament to remember Private Maybin and also those from the 36th Ulster Division and 16th Irish Division who fell during the Battle of the ‪Somme.

The winning tune was performed at the recent Ulster Piping Championship on the Peter Henderson bagpipes which belonged to Private Maybin.


Challenge, Reading

Young people aged 15 to 17 have been visiting CWGC war graves in Reading, Berkshire as part of their National Citizenship Scheme. They have been researching the names behind the headstones and encouraging others in their community to get involved. They have also produced some fantastic artwork about the Living Memory project.

Challenge - Living Memory


Shorncliffe Trust, Kent

The Shorncliffe Trust organised an event on Saturday, August 6 to commemorate those who are buried at Shorncliffe Military Cemetery. Once it became dusk, they laid a lantern on the graves. A special service was then conducted.

Shorncliffe - Living Memory

West Norwood Cemetery, London

Friends of West Norwood Cemetery organised an event for Saturday, September 3, where they took people around the large cemetery giving talks and stories on those who gave their lives during the First World War. Afterwards, a very special tribute to those who are commemorated at the cemetery was held, where specially designed tiles, once wet, revealed the names of those who died.


Battle of the Somme cycle event, Hertfordshire

Herts at War organised a 30-mile cycle ride around Hertfordshire, where riders stopped off at cemeteries to hear the stories of those who gave their lives and now rest in the local cemeteries. The event started in Hertford town centre by the war memorial.