KIRSTY WARK, ambassador for CWGCs Living Memory project in Scotland, said:
“I have a very personal connection with the Battle of the Somme, as my Great Uncle, James Wark, fought for the entire 141 days of the battle. However, fighting during the Somme and for three years, he died from Spanish Flu just days after the Armistice in 1918. He had the most poignant letter in his kit bag, which the family now have, saying how much he looked forward to coming home. Sadly, as we know, he never made it, but thanks to the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, he is buried and remembered at the Ascq Communal Cemetery in France.
The men who fought at the Battle of the Somme do so in some of the most horrendous conditions and saw many of their fellow comrades killed or badly wounded. We must never forget them, and instead remember these men by visiting their graves here in Scotland and finding out their stories.”
HUGH DENNIS, ambassador for CWGCs Living Memory project, said:
“I have a very personal connection with the First World War as both my grandfathers fought at the Western Front. My great uncles also fought and one, my great uncle Frank, died and is commemorated by the CWGC in Gallipoli, Turkey.
I’d urge everyone to get involved in this initiative so we never forget those who died during the Great War and are buried and commemorated so close to us on the home front.”
NICK OWEN, ambassador for CWGCs Living Memory project in the Midlands, said:
"My family were one of the lucky ones, as my Grandfather fought during the Battle of the Somme, but came home. He only spoke a little about what happened and that was mostly many, many years later. I couldn’t imagine the horror of what he saw and the many friends he would have lost.
"Remembering those buried in CWGC war graves is a fitting way to pay our respects, and I would encourage people to get involved in Living Memory."