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Sir Tim Laurence leads event to mark the end of 141 days of the Battle of the Somme

18 November 2016

The CWGC hosted an event today, November 18, at its Brookwood Military Cemetery to mark the end of the centenary of the 141 days of the Battle of the Somme.

Vice Admiral Sir Tim Laurence, who is the CWGCs Vice Chairman, was joined by a host of community groups who took part in the Commission’s Living Memory Project, which encouraged the people of the UK to rediscover their war heritage and remember those who gave their lives.

There was a performance by the Chepstow Singing Club and a talk by CWGCs historian, Glyn Prysor. Community group leaders also spoke about the Somme war graves they discovered in their neighborhoods and how they are encouraging local people to commemorate those who died during both world wars.

A piper from the Scottish Pipe Band Association Northern Ireland played his exclusively composed Living Memory lament to lead guests to the Brookwood Memorials, which were lit up, at the end of the event.

The Commission’s Living Memory Project, in partnership with Big Ideas Company, has been funded by the Department for Communities and Local Government and the Department for Culture, Media and Sport.

Colin Kerr, Director of External Relations for CWGC, said: “I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who took part in our Living Memory Project across the United Kingdom.

“It has been a great success and we want to make sure that those who died during both world wars, and are buried or commemorated in the UK, are never forgotten.

“During the Project, we discovered we have more than 140 Somme casualties buried here in Britain and we have connected with so many communities up and down the country.

“We hope that the British public will continue to remember the fallen by visiting their local war graves to commemorate the sacrifice that the men and women of both world wars made.

“Living Memory has proved that you don’t need to travel to the Western Front to pay your respects. With more than 300,000 war graves and memorials in the UK, and with everyone having at least one war grave within three miles of their front door, we can remember them here at home.”