2016 is the centenary of the Battle of the Somme. It took place during the period 1st July – 18th November 1916 and resulted in more than one million dead or wounded. The Commonwealth War Graves Commission’s Living Memory Project provides resources to discover and explore local war graves. The CWGC Living Memory site informs us:
These are in the main,the graves of the men who were wounded on the Western Front and later died in hospitals in Britain along with those who fell ill while serving their country including many men and women who died in the influenza epidemic. Their headstones stand in the midst of the large civic cemeteries in the big cities across the British Isles. Sometimes in a group and sometimes scattered, these graves also lie in village churchyards up and down the country.
The project asks that we remember those who died who are buried in local cemeteries and is encouraging groups to carry out a variety of activities.
I was very interested when I heard about the project and set about finding a local group. Unfortunately as yet I haven’t been able to locate one though if there are any out there who would like an enthusiastic volunteer please feel free to contact me.
Never one to be put off by life’s set backs I have resolved to be a group of one. The Living Memory Project provided me with a Resource Pack full of information and suggestions for activities. In addition they make the important point that ‘Remembering all the CWGC war graves here in the British Isles is an important and appropriate mark of respect for the centenary of the Somme. The 1st July affected every family in the British Isles. Find out more at www.cwgc.org and email firstname.lastname@example.org.’