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Information panel installed at Oxford (Botley) Cemetery

08 November 2012

The Commonwealth War Graves Commission has installed the first of up to a hundred information panels in the UK at Oxford (Botley) Cemetery.
Altogether 500 such panels are being installed at cemeteries and memorials as part of a big programme of extra information being provided by the CWGC over the coming months and years to mark the centenary of the First World War.

The first ten panels were installed at ten sites which make up the Forgotten Front Remembrance Trail in Northern France.

The panels will have general information about the CWGC, and will explain why the cemetery or memorial is placed where it is. They will also explain the some of the historical and military context.

Each panel will have a QR (Quick Response) code, which will allow smartphone users to download further information about the cemetery, including the stories of some of the casualties. The QR codes at Botley and on the Forgotten Front are already up and running.

The panel at Botley explains that it is the largest CWGC site in Oxfordshire, with more than 700 graves. The QR code includes the story of Ralph Wingrove, an RAF Wireless Operator buried at Botley. He took some fascinating photographs in the Middle East, some of which can be accessed via the QR code.