British First World War graves reinstated in northern Poland
15 May 2014
The graves of 39 British soldiers who died during the First
World War at the Heilsberg Prisoner of War Camp have been
reinstated at Lidzbark Warminski War Cemetery in northern Poland by
the Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC).
The servicemen were commemorated at Lidzbark Warminski after the
First World War, but the site became inaccessible during and after
the Second World War and by 1960, the CWGC had little option but to
commemorate the men on a memorial at Malbork Commonwealth War
Cemetery, some 75 miles away. Following a joint initiative
between the local community and the CWGC, a war graves plot has
been established within the cemetery.
The work, which started in March 2014, was carried out by a six
man team from the CWGC's operations in Belgium and means each man
now has his own individual headstone. The CWGC's Vice
Chairman, Air Chief Marshal Sir Joe French, and nephews of Pte
William Gordon Jones, Gordon and Wyn Jones, will attend a
rededication ceremony on 16 May at the cemetery.
Gordon Jones was put in touch with the CWGC by amateur historian
Pauline Page-Jones, after she saw the CWGC's website appeal for
families of the men to come forward. He will be attending with his
brother Wyn. The brothers come from Llanfyllin, a small village in
Wales, where Pte Jones also lived at the time.
Gordon Jones said: "We were delighted when we heard the news
from the Commission as we had on many occasions considered trying
to locate our uncle's grave. Thanks to the CWGC, we will now
have a chance to attend the ceremony and to pay our respect to our
Sir Joe French commented: "The Commonwealth War Graves
Commission is delighted that these graves are restored - a task
that would have been impossible without the generous support of the
local authorities and community.
"It is extremely gratifying that the CWGC Lidzbark Warminski War
Cemetery will once more become a fitting tribute to the men whose
sacrifice is honoured here."
The rededication ceremony will be followed by the unveiling of
interactive CWGC Visitor Information Panels. The panels at Lidzbark
Warminski are among 500 to be installed at CWGC locations worldwide
and feature information about the site of the cemetery and a QR
(Quick Response) code. When scanned with a smartphone, the QR
Code provides access for further information including the personal
stories of some of the casualties buried or commemorated there.
Click here to access the dedicated Lidzbark
Warminski War Cemetery micro-site.
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