Simon Weston backs CWGC’s Living Memory Project
05 September 2016
Falklands War veteran, Simon Weston CBE, has teamed up with the CWGC to encourage the people of Wales to visit their local war graves and discover the stories behind the names of those who gave their lives in the First World War.
Simon visited the CWGC’s war plot at Cardiff (Cathays) Cemetery today, September 5, to remember those who died during both world wars.
One soldier buried at the cemetery is Canadian, Private Lewington George Davis, who died from his wounds sustained during the Mametz Wood offensive. He would have come back to the UK for hospital treatment.
He passed away on December 10, 1916 just six days after his 17th birthday.
In Wales alone, there are more than 8,000 war graves and memorials commemorating men and women from the First and Second World Wars in over 1,100 locations throughout the country. Of these locations, more than 150 sites have more than 10 burials.
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 war heritage – with everyone in the UK having at least one war grave three miles from their front door.
Simon Weston CBE, ambassador for CWGC’s Living Memory Project in Wales, said: “I’m honoured to be representing Wales for the Commonwealth War Grave Commissions Living Memory Project.
“The CWGC has graves located in more than 1,100 locations in Wales.
“I know from personal experience the importance of remembering those who gave their lives for this country, and no one should be forgotten. Whether they died during a war 100 years ago or in the last 20 years.
“Remembering those buried in CWGC war graves in Wales is a fitting way to pay your respects.”
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 email@example.com or visiting www.cwgc.org/livingmemory.