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Nick Owen backs CWGC’s Living Memory Project

13 September 2016

Presenter and newsreader, Nick Owen, has teamed up with the CWGC to encourage people in the Midlands to visit their local war graves and discover the stories behind the names of those who gave their lives in the First World War.

The CWGC’s Living Memory Project remembers the forgotten front; the 300,000 war graves and memorials in Britain from both world wars.

The aim is to encourage community groups to discover, explore and remember their local war heritage. Everyone in the UK has at least one war grave three miles from their front door. The CWGC would like people to sign up to the project and take part.

In the Midlands alone, there are more than 24,000 war graves and memorials commemorating men and women from the First and Second World Wars.

Nick Owen, ambassador for CWGC’s Living Memory Project in the Midlands, said: “I’m honoured to be representing the Midlands for the Commonwealth War Graves Commission’s Living Memory Project.

“The CWGC has more than 24,000 graves and memorials throughout the Midlands, with the majority of men and women buried or commemorated either dying in a British hospital of injuries or due to the influenza pandemic that followed the First World War.

“My family were one of the lucky ones, as my Grandfather fought during the Battle of the Somme, but came home. He only spoke a little about what happened and that was mostly many, many years later. I couldn’t imagine the horror of what he saw and the many friends he would have lost.

“Remembering those buried in CWGC war graves is a fitting way to pay our respects, and I would encourage people to get involved in Living 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.

Any community group interested can register now by emailing or visiting