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West Norwood Cemetery remembers fallen of WW1

05 September 2016

Friends of Norwood Cemetery held a CWGC Living Memory event on September 4th, highlighting stories of those who died in WW1 and unveiling UK first ‘rain works’ tiles.

All the soldiers and civilians buried at West Norwood Cemetery, London, including those who fought and died during the Battle of the Somme 100 years ago, were commemorated on the day during the dual event.

A tour of the cemetery was organised for the public and outside the cemetery gates, the ‘rain works’ tiles were unveiled to reveal the names of those commemorated in the cemetery. The invisible names were magically revealed by splashing water on the paving slabs.

This is a new technique and is the first time it can be seen in the UK.

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.

For anyone wishing to take part in CWGC’s Living Memory project, funding and creative resources are available.

Any community group interested can register now by emailing or visiting