CWGC highlights Scotland's Inner Hebrides as a place of remembrance
06 October 2014
Fresh insights into naval tragedies of the two world wars that
occurred in British waters will be revealed when interactive
visitor information panels are unveiled on the Isle of Islay,
Argyll on Monday (6 October).
Digital artefacts and stories of the naval servicemen who
drowned will be made available by the Commonwealth War Graves
Commission to smartphones users at CWGC Kilchoman Military Cemetery
and Kilnaughton Military Cemetery.
Visitors can use their phones to scan a code on the panels that
links to a website revealing some of the backstories of those who
drowned in the North Channel that runs between Scotland and
Ireland, now buried or commemorated at the two cemeteries.
One example is that of Charles Henry Hacking. Hacking worked as
a chef aboard P&O Ferries until the outbreak of the First World
War, when the ship upon which he was serving was requisitioned by
the British Government for the war effort. He died when his
vessel sank in October 1918, just one month before peace was
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the innovative microsite that will be accessed by those using the
interactive panels at CWGC Kilchoman Military Cemetery.
The panel unveilings on the island are being made on the
anniversary of the sinking of HMS Otranto, Hacking's vessel.
Speeches will be made at the two cemeteries by CWGC Commissioner
Robert Fox MBE and the Chair of the Scottish WWI Commemoration
Panel, Norman Drummond, along with Councillor and Armed
Forces & Veterans' Champion Maurice Corry. Pupils of Primary
Seven at Port Ellen Primary School will be attending the event and
will place wooden remembrance crosses on each grave.
CWGC Commissioner Robert Fox said: "From Shetland to the
Borders, the CWGC ensures that the sacrifice of thousands of men
and women who died during the world wars is remembered in
"On the anniversary of the sinking of HMS Otranto, the CWGC is
pleased to be able to preserve the memory of the men who lost their
lives in the North Channel during both wars through the
installation of these interactive visitors panels. The new displays
will make it easier for members of the public to find information
about those who lost their lives and is a powerful way of engaging
younger people with the history of the First and Second World
"The stories revealed on our panels on Islay also give a
fascinating insight into the lesser known fact that there are more
than 170,000 war graves to be found across the United Kingdom -
with over 20,000 of these found north of the border at over 1,200
locations. Figures that reveal the high price paid by Scots and
Commonwealth servicemen and women during the wars.
"Maintaining these graves in perpetuity is the CWGC's task but
we are also extremely grateful to the staff of Argyll and Bute
Council, who do so much to facilitate our work on Islay."
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