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New Information Panel at Tidworth Military Cemetery Reveals Sacrifice in Two World Wars

10 March 2014

On 11 March 2014, the Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC) will install a new information panel at Tidworth Military Cemetery to raise awareness of the sacrifices made by servicemen and women in the two world wars.

Using the latest smartphone technology, the panel at Tidworth is among 500 that the CWGC is installing worldwide as part of an initiative to provide more information to the public during the Centenary of the First World War. More than 100 of the panels are being erected in the UK, to provide information about the many thousands of Commonwealth war dead who are buried or commemorated here.

Each of the panels carries information about the cemetery or memorial and a QR (Quick Response) code which, when scanned with a smartphone, provides access to further information, including the personal stories of some of the casualties buried or commemorated at that particular location. Included in the QR codes on the panel at Tidworth are the stories of a New Zealand officer, who sacrificed his life to save his comrades, and a Lieutenant Colonel in the Royal Engineers, who died while training to fly gliders.

Click here to read some of the stories of those buried at Tidworth Military Cemetery.

Claire Douglas, the CWGC's Centenary Production Co-ordinator, explained: "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.

"Salisbury Plain was used to house and train thousands of troops from all over the United Kingdom and Commonwealth before they served in operations overseas. Training, particularly training for air crew,  was often dangerous and two large military hospitals were established at Tidworth and Fargo camps to treat the sick and wounded.

"The history and stories revealed on our panel at Tidworth give a fascinating insight into the impact the war had on the local area, and how servicemen and women, from thousands of miles away in Australia, Canada and New Zealand, left their homes to serve overseas."

Click here to read the full Media Release.

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