Twin Town Mayors Unveil Information Panels to War Dead
02 December 2013
The mayors of twinned towns, Ipswich and Arras, Councillor Hamil
Clarke and M. Frédéric Leturque, will unveil information panels at
the Arras Memorial in
France on 3 December. These aim to help new generations understand
the sacrifices made by servicemen and women during the First World
The panels at Arras are part of a global initiative by the
Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC) to provide more
information to the public during the Centenary of the First World
War. Through a combination of traditional interpretive techniques
and the latest smartphone technology, the panels reveal the
personal stories of some of those buried or commemorated at the
location - people like Second Lieutenant Walter Tull, who was a
professional footballer and the first person of Afro-Caribbean
heritage to become a commissioned officer in the British Army, and
fighter ace Major Edward Corringham "Mick" Mannock VC.
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access the story of Major Edward Corringham "Mick" Mannock
The Worshipful Mayor of Ipswich, Councillor Hamil Clarke, said:
"It is important for present and future generations to understand
the tremendous heroism of all those who fought in the Arras sector.
The death toll was truly horrific - and in modern eyes
scarcely credible. But we will never forget their sacrifice. That
is why it gives me great pleasure to stand alongside my friends
from Arras and I thank them for their invitation. I would also like
to thank the Commonwealth War Graves Commission for their
continuing work to tend graves and highlight a generation's
sacrifice. As we approach the 100th anniversary of the Great War it
is even more vital that we all understand what went on and teach
the lessons of history to our children."
Mr Ian Hussein, the CWGC's Director in France, said: "As
we approach the Centenary of the Great War the Commonwealth War
Graves Commission's plans to engage new generations in the
importance of those events, are taking shape.
"These panels are part of that process - a global initiative
that will help visitors gain an understanding of why these
cemeteries and memorials exist, why it is important to visit them
and maintain them, and who these men and women were.
"The stories of those we commemorate will help bring home to all
of us the great sacrifice made by the servicemen and women who went
away to fight in two world wars. They are a powerful way of
combining traditional forms of remembrance, with new technology, to
ensure that we never forget - a commemoration that will capture the
imagination of all generations and communities and one that allows
them to pay respect, to visit, to be moved and to learn."
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