07 August 2017

CWGC encourages communities to research, remember and share local stories

The CWGC is encouraging individuals, community groups, schools and organisations to take part in an exciting, new project and tell the stories of the servicemen and women who have no grave but the sea.

 

‘For Those in Peril’ is an initiative to encourage people to research, remember and share local stories of those who left their homes to join the war at sea, whose names are engraved on the Commission’s three naval memorials at Portsmouth, Plymouth and Chatham.

A resource pack has been designed by the Commission to give participants an introduction to the CWGC, a brief history of the Royal Navy in the world wars, and highlight the three CWGC naval memorials across the south coast of the UK.

The project has been launched to coincide with the opening of the Poppies: Wave at the CWGC Plymouth Naval Memorial, presented by 14-18 NOW: WW1 Centenary Art Commissions, to mark the centenary of the First World War.

Jennie Sweeney, Head of Community Engagement at the CWGC, said: “We encourage you and any organisation you are associated with to register for the ‘For Those in Peril’ pack and use this resource as your starting point to research, remember and share local stories.

“Your research and acts of remembrance, will be documented by us to create a snapshot of how communities continue to remember those with no grave by the sea, 100 years after the First World War.”

The initiative is part of a year-long programme of public engagement to mark the Commission’s centenary and encourage communities to learn more about their local CWGC cemeteries and memorials

For more information and to register for your pack, email community@cwgc.org

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