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First Information Panels placed in Belgium

14 December 2012

The Commonwealth War Graves Commission has placed the first of up to 65 Visitor Information Panels in Belgium, at Ypres Town Cemetery and Extension and the Potijze Chateau Cemeteries.

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 in Ieper and on the Forgotten Front are already up and running.

The panel at Ypres Town Cemetery and Extension explains that British troops arrived in Ypres on 14 October 1914 to meet the advancing German forces. Within days they had begun burying their fallen comrades at the edge of the town's civilian cemetery.

The QR code includes the story of Prince Maurice of Battenberg, a member of the British Royal Family and the youngest grandchild of Queen Victoria, buried at Ypres Town Cemetery and Extension.