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Welsh Proms remembers fallen of First World War

19 July 2016

The Last Post will be played simultaneously at the graves of two men buried in Wales who died from wounds sustained during the Battle of the Somme 100 years ago.

The special commemoration, which will be performed by local Welsh brass band, will be played ahead of a Somme Commemorative event by the Welsh Proms, which will be happening this evening.

The graves are that of Lewington George Davis who died aged 17 and is buried in Cardiff Cathays Cemetery and John Parry, who died aged 27, and is buried in Llanwenllwyfo (St Gwenllwyfo) Churchyard. Both men are from the same battalion; The Canadian Infantry, 44th Battalion.

The CWGC commemorates more than 60 men of the battalion who died in France on October 25, 1916 and a further six who died in the next ten days.

The touching graveside tribute is part of the CWGCs Living Memory Project, which was launched across the UK to remember theforgotten front; the 300,000 war graves and memorials in Britain from both world wars.

The Project aims to encourage community groups to discover, explore and remember their war heritage - with everyone in the UK having at least one war grave three miles from their front door.

A spokesman for the Welsh Proms stated: "The Battle of the Somme was one of the largest battles of the First World War, and among the bloodiest in human history. There were approximately one million casualties of the Somme offensive - killed, wounded and missing.

"The Welsh division suffered 4,000 men wounded, killed and missing at Mametz - they were not all killed. These soldiers were drawn from all over Wales, and represented north, south, rural and industrial areas, as well as men from the London Welsh.

"With the support of our partners, we are honoured to be able to offer this tribute in their memory."

Funding and creative resources are available to help groups identify a CWGC war grave near where they live. This can be to help towards researching about some of those buried locally and to stage a commemorative event.

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