HRH Duke of Kent unveils information panels to war dead
18 February 2013
His Royal Highness the Duke of Kent - who is President of the
Commission - visited the Portsmouth Naval Memorial
and Southampton (Hollybrook) Cemetery on 19
February 2013 to unveil the latest information panels put in place
by the CWGC.
The panels carry information about the site and the reason why
it is situated where it is. Each panel also carries a QR (Quick
Response) code which when scanned with a smartphone provides
further information, including the personal stories of some of the
casualties buried or commemorated at the location.
The QR code on the Portsmouth Naval Memorial panel reveals the
story of David Bedell-Sivright, a Scottish Rugby international who
captained the British Lions and died at Gallipoli; and the QR code
at Hollybrook tells more about Lord Kitchener, who is commemorated
on the Memorial there.
HRH The Duke of Kent said, "The Commonwealth War Graves
Commission is at the heart of events to mark the centenary of the
First World War. Our cemeteries and memorials will be the focus for
many acts of remembrance over the coming years and this initiative
will help inform visitors of the historical context which brought
these places into being, while putting a human face to the names of
those who died. It is a powerful means of combining traditional
methods with new technology to ensure we never forget."