LONDON – A new smartphone app released on Tuesday allows people to find information about cemeteries across Britain that provide final resting places for those who died in World War I, which ranged from 1914 to 1918, the Duke of Kent said.
More than 100 information panels have been placed at cemeteries and memorials across the country as part of a project launched ahead of the centennial of the start of the war by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.
“The panels carry information about the site and the reason why it is situated where it is. Each panel also carries a QR (Quick Response) code which when scanned with a smartphone provides further information, including the personal stories of some of the casualties buried or commemorated at the location,” the commission said in a statement.
The United Kingdom is undertaking a number of projects to mark the start of World War I, originally known as “The Great War,” on Aug. 4, 1914.
“The Commonwealth War Graves Commission is at the heart of events to mark the centenary of the First World War. Our cemeteries and memorials will be the focus for many acts of remembrance over the coming years and this initiative will help inform visitors of the historical context which brought these places into being, while putting a human face to the names of those who died. It is a powerful means of combining traditional methods with new technology to ensure we never forget,” The Duke of Kent, the commission’s president, said.
The British government plans events at schools and in public spaces to commemorate the centennial of the start of the Battle of the Somme on July 1, 2016, and will also mark several other battles, as well as the centennial of Armistice Day on Nov. 11, 2018.
“The QR code on the Portsmouth Naval Memorial panel reveals the story of David Bedell-Sivright, a Scottish Rugby international who captained the British Lions and died at Gallipoli; and the QR code at Hollybrook tells more about Lord Kitchener, who is commemorated on the Memorial there,” the Commonwealth War Graves Commission said. EFE