First World War graves in Glasgow commemorated with new interactive displays
07 May 2014
Glaswegians can now learn more about Glasgow's First World War
graves and cemeteries with the launch of 21st century
signage that it hopes will help spark interest about the city's war
The Lord Provost of Glasgow Sadie Doherty unveiled the city's
first interactive Commonwealth War Graves Commission visitor
information panel at the Western Necropolis in the north of the
city on 7 May 2014.
Cllr Sadie Doherty was joined by Iain Anderson of the CWGC, the
Reverend Dr Laurence Whitley of Glasgow Cathedral and teachers and
pupils from local Cadder Primary School.
The event marked the beginning of a comprehensive upgrade of
First World War site signage both in the city, across Scotland and
the world by the CWGC to coincide with the centenary in August of
the start of the conflict.
The Lord Provost said: "Thousands of Glaswegian men volunteered
for the Great War leaving behind their jobs and loved ones. There
are hundreds of memorials and stories across the city and they give
us an insight into the experience of the 200,000 men from the city
that joined up.
"This programme of new displays makes it easier for members of
the public to find information about those who lost their lives in
the conflict and connect with Glasgow's commemoration. The
interactive element is a great way of getting younger people
engaged with the history of the First World War and our city,
ensuring that the stories of those who were involved are kept
Each CWGC cemetery visitor panel will contain detailed
information related to the specific cemeteries, giving background
to the burials and memorials contained within. When scanned with a
smartphone, the QR (Quick Response) codes provide access to the
information and will also take the user to online CWGC micro
These sites will explore the graves in further detail, including
some personal stories and biographies of soldiers buried in the
cemeteries. This will help bring to life the personal stories of
those involved in the conflict, and shows how 21st
century technology can be used to reinvigorate one hundred year old
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CWGC's Glasgow Western Necropolis micro-site.
The new commemorative panels are part of CWGC's ongoing
maintenance of over 1100 war graves across the three sites of
Lambhill Cemetery, St. Kentigern's RC Cemetery and the Western
Necropolis which are housed in the site were the first interactive
panel was launched.
Iain Anderson, CWGC's Regional Supervisor in Scotland, said:
"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 panels at Glasgow give a
fascinating insight into the city's response to the First and
Second World War, as well as the high price paid by Scots and
Commonwealth servicemen and women during the wars. "The CWGC is
also extremely grateful to the staff of Glasgow City Council who do
so much to facilitate our work in the City."
It is hoped that the focus on accessibility and interactivity
will encourage the public to engage with Glasgow's First World War
history, in particular as later in the year Glasgow will be the
focal point for the First World War commemoration across the United
On 4 August, Glasgow will commence the country's programme of
remembrance events with a service in Glasgow Cathedral, set to be
attended by representatives from across the Commonwealth who will
be in the city for the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games.
Dr Whitley, Minister of Glasgow Cathedral, will perform a
blessing at the launch of the panels as well as taking a lead role
in the 4 August commemoration.
He said: "I am humbled and honoured to be taking part in this
very important event, of which the presence of young people is a
vital part. The prayer of dedication will reflect the hope that the
commemorative panels will be both a sign and a pledge to their
generation that the sacrifice of so many from our community will
not be forgotten. The City is to be congratulated for its
commitment to such initiatives."
Pupils from Cadder Primary will also be attending the unveiling
as part of their First World War project.
With their school only a short walk from the cemetery, the
children have been discovering the rich history on their doorstep.
Class teacher Anne Wallace said: "The children are very
enthusiastic to find out the stories behind the headstones they
pass every day."
The unveiling of these displays is an important step in the
preparation for Glasgow's major First World War commemoration
events later in the year, where the more than 18,000 Glaswegians
who lost their lives in service of their country will be
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full media release.