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On Friday, Bedford MP, Richard Fuller joined the Commonwealth War Graves Commission on a visit to Bedford cemetery to commemorate the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War.
Richard visited the Commonwealth War Graves at Bedford’s Foster Hill Road cemetery and at St Mary’s Church in Goldington and was told some of the stories of those who died by CWGC Regional Supervisor, Alan Dracup.
The visit was part of a series of events organised by the CWGC to encourage people to visit their local Commonwealth War Graves and to learn more about the impact of the Great War.
Deirdre Mills, CWGC’s Director for the UK Area explained that:
“The Centenary is an opportune time for us to re-engage and connect with local communities and young people, and explain how the people who are buried in our graves got to be there, who they were, and where they were from. More than 300,000 Commonwealth servicemen and women are commemorated in the UK. Many died in military hospitals whilst being treated for their wounds or fell victim to the flu pandemic as the conflict drew to a close. Their graves reflect both the local impact of the war but also its wider historical significance.”
CWGC has launched an online Virtual Cemetery education portal that provides schools and teachers with a comprehensive range of resources and support materials linked to the graves and memorials in their home town. The virtual cemetery website www.cwgc-virtual-cemetery.org is an interactive tool which enables pupils and teachers to view images and videos, learn more about CWGC’s work across the globe, and – most importantly – the people that are commemorated in its cemeteries and memorials.