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Digital innovation in Falklands' cemetery to share world war medical records

05 December 2014

Interactive information technology providing details of how seamen lost their lives defending the Falkland Islands during the First World War will be unveiled at Stanley Cemetery in the capital on 8 December.

Visitors with smartphones can scan the interactive new panel to access medical records and personal stories of the casualties of the naval battle, many of whom are now commemorated at the cemetery.

The fatal injuries - many related to severe burns from the shelling of their ships - were originally recorded in a medical report drafted by a fleet surgeon at Port Stanley for the Admiralty in London.

Andy Stillman, 1914-1918 Commemorations Project Manager at the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, said: "During the centenary of the First World War, over 500 visitor information panels are being installed globally to add depth to the public's understanding of the conflict and the casualties we commemorate."

"The panel at Stanley Cemetery was delivered by the RAF and it covers both the Battle of the Falkland Islands and the Battle of Coronel."

Coronel represented Britain's first naval defeat for a century when it occurred off the coast of Chile in November 1914.

The defeat was in part 'avenged' on 8 December 1914, when a strong Royal Naval force successfully defended the Falklands from German raiders intent on attacking its valuable coaling facilities.

The CWGC's Technical Services Officer, Joe Sipos, will unveil the panel, 100 years on from this victory at 2pm on Monday.

There will follow short speeches from Major Peter Biggs, the head of the Falklands Islands Defence Force, and Phyliss Rendell, Chair of the Islands' 1914 Committee.

Eleven seamen who died defending the Falklands in the First World War are commemorated at Stanley Cemetery.

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