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New information panels tell the history of Welsh war graves

23 January 2015

The CWGC has recently installed a new information panel at St Margaret's Churchyard in Bodelwyddan, Wales to raise awareness of the sacrifices made by servicemen and women in the two world wars.

Combining smartphone technology with traditional interpretive techniques, the panel at St Margaret's is among 500 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.

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 panel at St Margaret's Churchyard is Nursing Sister Rebecca MacIntosh from Canada who was one of the few women who died while serving in the Canadian Army.

Rebecca receives the following mention in the war diary for the 9th General Hospital, dated March 8th 1919:

'Nursing Sister McIntosh of this unit died in hospital today - Influenza. This sister was very popular with the unit. A true Nursing Sister devoted to her duty - she will be greatly missed by all.'

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 in Bodelwyddan give a fascinating insight into the area's response to the First World War. The urgent need to treat wounded servicemen saw the local Kinmel Park been given over for use as an important training camp and hospital."