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
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
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 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
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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