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Arnos Vale Cemetery

Innovation enables war stories to be shared at CWGC Arnos Vale Cemetery

04 February 2015

Fresh insights into Bristolians and international casualties of the world wars will be revealed at the unveiling of an interactive visitor information panel in CWGC Arnos Vale Cemetery in South Bristol on January 30.

Digital artefacts and stories of the servicemen who died on land, in the air and at sea will be made available by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC) to smartphones users at the cemetery.

Visitors can use their phones to scan a code that navigates to a website revealing the backstories of those who died from starvation and exhaustion, now buried or commemorated at the two cemeteries.

Bishopston Cricket Club member and Bristol Tramway Company worker Percival Gange, who tragically died in a flying accident shortly before the end of the First World War, is one example of the fallen that visitors will be able to learn more about.

Click here to learn more about Second Lieutenant Gange via the microsite that will be accessed by those using the interactive panel at CWGC Arnos Vale Cemetery.

The panel unveiling will be made at 11am by Juliette Randall, Chief Executive of Arnos Vale Cemetery Trust, who will be joined by Andy Knowlson, CWGC supervisor for the west country. Members of the press and public are warmly invited to attend.

Mr Knowlson said: "The CWGC is pleased to be able to preserve the memory of the Commonwealth servicemen commemorated in Arnos Vale through the installation of interactive visitors panels. We hope Bristolians and others will be drawn to visit the cemetery to pay their respects and learn more about the protagonists of both world wars."

Click here for the full media release.