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
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
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.