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HRH Duke of Kent unveils information panels to war dead

18 February 2013

His Royal Highness the Duke of Kent - who is President of the Commission - visited the Portsmouth Naval Memorial and Southampton (Hollybrook) Cemetery on 19 February 2013 to unveil the latest information panels put in place by the CWGC.

The panels carry information about the site and the reason why it is situated where it is. Each panel also carries a QR (Quick Response) code which when scanned with a smartphone provides further information, including the personal stories of some of the casualties buried or commemorated at the location.     

The QR code on the Portsmouth Naval Memorial panel reveals the story of David Bedell-Sivright, a Scottish Rugby international who captained the British Lions and died at Gallipoli; and the QR code at Hollybrook tells more about Lord Kitchener, who is commemorated on the Memorial there.

HRH The Duke of Kent said, "The Commonwealth War Graves Commission is at the heart of events to mark the centenary of the First World War. Our cemeteries and memorials will be the focus for many acts of remembrance over the coming years and this initiative will help inform visitors of the historical context which brought these places into being, while putting a human face to the names of those who died. It is a powerful means of combining traditional methods with new technology to ensure we never forget."