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Carlisle (Dalston Road) Cemetery

New Information Panel at Dalston Road Cemetery Reveals Carlisle's Sacrifice in two World Wars

25 February 2014

On 25 February 2014, The Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC) will install a new information panel at Carlisle (Dalston Road) Cemetery to raise awareness of the sacrifices made by servicemen and women in the two world wars.

Combining smartphone technology with traditional interpretive techniques, the panel at Carlisle is among 500 the Commission is installing worldwide as part of an initiative to provide more information to the public during the Centenary of the First World War. More than 100 of the panels are being erected in the UK, to provide information about the many thousands of Commonwealth war dead who are buried or commemorated here.

Each of the panels carries information about the cemetery or memorial and a QR (Quick Response) code which, when scanned with a smartphone, provides access to further information, including the personal stories of some of the casualties buried or commemorated at that particular location. Included in the QR codes on the panel at Dalston Road Cemetery are a Canadian soldier who was brought back from the Western Front due to illness and died in hospital here, an RAF pilot who died as a result of a crash, and a 54 year old officer called back from the reserve list.

Click here to access the personal stories connected to Dalston Road Cemetery.

Claire Douglas, the CWGC's Centenary Production Co-ordinator explained; "The Commonwealth War Graves Commission's use of the very latest communication technology is aimed at bringing to life the stories of those who gave their lives during the two world wars."

"The stories revealed on our panel at Carlisle give a fascinating insight into the city's response to the First World War. The urgent need to treat wounded servicemen saw three schools given over for use as hospitals - the children accommodated elsewhere. A local newspaper reported: 'It is unfortunate the city schools should be required to meet the need for hospital accommodation, but the proper care of the wounded is the nation's first obligation."

Click here to read the full Media Release.