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More than 70 new names of the fallen to be engraved on CWGC war memorial

12 October 2016

The Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC) is adding 77 new names this week of men and women who lost their lives during the First World War to its 1914-1918 War Memorial at Brookwood Military Cemetery, Surrey.

The vast majority of the names have been inscribed on panels at the CWGC’s workshop in France, but more than 15 are being engraved at the site and will remember a man or woman who was not previously commemorated by the CWGC, all in time for Remembrance Sunday.

Three of those named on the memorial are Nursing Sister Christine K Jay, Queen Alexandra’s Military Nursing Service for India, who died on August 12, 1916. Private John (Jack) Wilson Sedman,Yorkshire Regiment 5th Reserve Battalion, who died aged 20 on September 7, 1917 and Private William McClune, King’s Own Scottish Borderers, 5th Battalion, who died on December 13, 1918 aged 23.

All names being inscribed have not previously been commemorated because they may have come home and died of injuries or illnesses they received from fighting and the CWGC was not informed.

are Nursing Sister Christine K Jay, Queen Alexander’s Military Nursing Service for India, who died on August 12, 1916 - IWM H21-19-1

Nursing Sister Christine K Jay, Queen Alexandra’s Military Nursing Service for India, who died on August 12, 1916 (IWM WCC H21-19-1)

Now they can be remembered for their incredible sacrifice.

The Brookwood 1914-1918 Memorial is a memorial to the missing and commemorates casualties with no known grave. The majority of casualties commemorated are servicemen and women from the land forces of the UK.

They were not commemorated by the Commission at the time but, through the efforts of relatives and research groups, including the “In from the Cold” Project, these casualties have since been found. There are still many cases to be resolved and the memorial therefore allows for further names to be added.

Private John (Jack) Wilson Sedman, Yorkshire Regiment 5th Reserve Battalion, who died aged 20 on September 7, 1917

Private John (Jack) Wilson Sedman, Yorkshire Regiment 5th Reserve Battalion, who died aged 20 on September 7, 1917 (Photo courtesy of Elizabeth Graham)

In addition to the Commonwealth plots at Brookwood, the cemetery also contains French, Polish, Czech, Belgian and Italian sections, and a number of war graves of other nationalities all cared for by the Commission. The American Military Cemetery is the responsibility of the American Battle Monuments Commission.

Brookwood Military Cemetery now contains 1,601 Commonwealth burials of the First World War and 3,476 from the Second World War.