Edinburgh's war-time history commemorated with new interactive displays
23 May 2014
The Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC) is helping to
bring Edinburgh's war-time history to life with the launch of
21st century signage at Queensferry and Rosebank
cemeteries, that it hopes will help spark interest about the city's
war past among a new generation.
The interactive CWGC Visitor Information Panels at the two
cemeteries - the final resting place of hundreds of Commonwealth
servicemen and women - will be unveiled on 23 and 24 May.
The Lord Provost of Edinburgh, The Rt Hon Donald Wilson will
unveil the panels at Queensferry at 11am on Friday 23 May 2014,
with the panels at Rosebank unveiled on 24 May.
The Lord Provost will be joined by Deirdre Mills (Director of
the CWGC's United Kingdom Operations), Mr Norman Drummond
(Chair Scottish WWI Commemoration Panel), Captain Chris Smith
(Royal Navy Regional Commander for Scotland and Northern Ireland)
and teachers and pupils of Queensferry Community High School, who
have been involved in a project researching First World War
casualties buried in the cemetery.
Lord Provost, Donald Wilson, said: "It is crucial that Edinburgh
continues to commemorate those that were willing to serve their
country so bravely and selflessly. The new interactive panels at
Queensferry and Rosebank cemeteries will be an interactive
way for new generations to learn about the final resting place of
so many Commonwealth servicemen and women, in an engaging and
meaningful way. I hope that the installation encourages many
residents to visit the sites, and remember those who fell during
both world wars and as a result of the tragic Gretna rail disaster
The signs at Rosebank cemetery will be unveiled during the Royal
Scots' annual service of remembrance to those of the regiment who
died in Britain's worst rails disaster. On 22 May 1915 more than
220 members of the Royal Scots were killed when their troop-train
collided with two other trains near Quintinshill signal box, one
and a half miles from Gretna.
The panels at Queensferry and Rosebank are among 500 to be
installed at CWGC locations worldwide and feature information about
the site of the cemetery and a QR (Quick Response) code. When
scanned with a smartphone, the QR Code provides access for further
information including the personal stories of some of the
casualties buried or commemorated there.
Deirdre Mills, the CWGC's Director of UK Operations, said: "From
Shetland to the Borders, the Commonwealth War Graves Commission
ensures that the sacrifice of thousands of men and women who died
during the world wars is remembered in perpetuity. The UK as
a whole contains over 170,000 Commonwealth war graves, with over
20,000 of these found north of the border. Scotland was an
important centre for both training and operational units during
both world wars and war graves are to be found at over 1,200
The CWGC's use of the very latest communication technology will
help bring to life the personal stories of those involved in the
two world wars and shows how 21st century technology can
be used to reinvigorate one hundred year old history.
"It is hoped that the focus on accessibility and interactivity
will encourage the public to engage with Edinburgh's war history,
visit these places and remember those who died."
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