New Information Panels to be Unveiled at Chatham Naval Memorial
29 October 2013
On 31 October 2013, Vice Admiral Sir Tim Laurence KCVO CB ADC(P)
will unveil new information panels at the Chatham Naval Memorial,
Kent. Combining smartphone technology with traditional interpretive
techniques, these interactive panels engage new generations in the
sacrifices made by servicemen and women in the two world wars.
Sir Tim Laurence, who is the Royal Naval Commissioner with the
Commonwealth War Graves Commission, will also tour the memorial and
meet with families of some of the men commemorated there, local
dignitaries, naval cadets and Commission staff responsible for the
The panels at Chatham are among 500 the Commission is installing
worldwide as part of an initiative to provide more information to
the public during the Centenary of the First World War. More than
100 of the panels are being erected in the UK, to provide
information about the many thousands of Commonwealth war dead who
are buried or commemorated here.
Each of the panels carries information about the cemetery or
memorial and a QR (Quick Response) code which, when scanned with a
smartphone, provides access to further information, including the
personal stories of some of the casualties buried or commemorated
at that particular location. Included in the QR codes on the
Chatham Naval Memorial panels are the stories of two men who died
on board the HMS Jervis Bay - Captain Edward Fegen VC and Thomas
Rainsbury, whose nephew will be present at the unveiling.
Sir Tim said, "The Commonwealth War Graves Commission believes
this initiative will help visitors gain an understanding of why
these memorials exist, why it is important to visit them and
maintain them, and who these men and women were. It will help bring
home to all of us the great sacrifice made by the servicemen and
women who went away to fight in two world wars. It is a powerful
way to combine traditional forms of remembrance, with new
technology, to ensure we never forget."
Councillor Josie Iles, the Mayor of Medway, said: "Medway has a
unique connection with the Royal Navy through Chatham Historic
Dockyard. I am pleased that the Commonwealth War Graves Commission
has used the very latest communication technology to bring to life
the stories of those service people from Medway who gave their
lives during the two world wars."