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ANZAC graves restored

21 April 2015

The graves of more than 100 Australian servicemen, who died during the First World War, have been restored ahead of the Centenary of ANZAC Day by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC).

The graves, at Harefield (St Mary) Churchyard, near London in the UK, have a unique "scroll-concept" design - chosen by ANZAC patients brought to Harefield's war hospital (Australian Auxiliary Hospital 1) for treatment of injuries and illness sustained during fighting in Europe and North Africa.

The headstones have been re-engraved by teams of skilled CWGC stone masons. Following the completion of structural work, a full horticultural renovation also took place.
The annual ANZAC Day service, which started in 1921, involves local children, who lay flowers on every grave.

A new Visitor Information Panel is to be unveiled following the service. The panel uses smartphone technology to reveal the personal stories of some of the men buried at the cemetery.

Full press release here