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Kensal Green (All Souls’) Cemetery

Personal Stories of World War Dead Revealed at Kensal Green (All Souls') Cemetery

16 March 2014

Visitors to Kensal Green (All Souls') Cemetery can find out more about the world war casualties buried there following the installation of new Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC) interpretative information panel on 18 March.

Servicemen and women from the First and Second World Wars include General Sir Charles Whittingham Horsley Douglas, Aide de Camp General to King George V, who headed the British Army until his death in December 1914. Aged 64, Douglas served in the Second Anglo-Afghan War, the First Boer War, the Second Boer War and World War 1.

Combining smartphone technology with traditional interpretive techniques, the panel at Kensal Green is among 500 that the CWGC 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.

Click here to learn more about those commemorated at Kensal Green (All Souls') Cemetery.

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.

Claire Douglas, the CWGC's Centenary Production Co-ordinator, explained: "The Commonwealth War Graves Commission's use of the very latest communication technology is aimed at bringing to life the stories of those who gave their lives during the two world wars.

"The stories revealed on our panel at Kensal Green give a fascinating insight into the London's response to the First World War. The urgent need to treat wounded servicemen resulted in many hospitals being opened all across the City accounting to a staggering 226 individual hospitals by 1917."

Click here to read the full media release.

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The image shows patients and nursing staff of ward 39 at the 2nd London General Hospital, St Marks College Chelsea during the First World War. (Image: Courtesy of the private collection of Rob Higgins)