Living Memory across the UK

July marks the beginning of the 141 days of the Somme Centenary and the start of the Living Memory project. This monthly newsletter will give you a flavour of events taking place across the UK and provide some hints and tips to help you plan your own events or activities across the 141 days.

Friends of Tunbridge Wells Cemetery 

On 9 July the Friends of Tunbridge Wells Cemetery at Hawkenbury, held a memorial service at the Cross of Sacrifice followed by a tour of the cemetery. 

The ceremony saw 150 people from across the community in attendance - including a special guest in the form of WW2 veteran William Alfred Hunt MM who served with the QORWK Regt in North Africa, Sicily, Italy and Austria.

Before the service commenced a red sash ribbon was placed on each of the 75 graves to honour those from the town who died in the First World War.

Mark Knopfler remembers the Northumberland Fusiliers

Dire Straits guitarist, Mark Knopfler, has marked the ‪141days‬ of the Battle of the ‪Somme‬ Centenary through the Living Memory project with his own rendition of The Last Post.  Dedicating it to all those from the Northumberland Fusiliers who lost their lives in the First World War.

Welsh Proms remember Somme casualties 

On 19 July Musicians from Lewis-Merthyr Band and Menai Bridge Band played the Last Post at the graves of two men buried in Wales who died from wounds sustained during the Battle of the Somme, 100 years ago.

The graves are that of Lewington George Davis who died aged 17 and is buried in Cardiff Cathays Cemetery and John Parry, who died aged 27, and is buried in Llanwenllwyfo (St Gwenllwyfo) Churchyard. Both men are from the same battalion; The Canadian Infantry, 44th Battalion.


Grave of soldier from Battle of Somme found in Devizes 

The Living Memory Project has helped a family shed light on the story of a soldier who died during the Battle of the Somme and was subsequently buried in their town.

Cycling to UK Commission sites 
The Living Memory project is working with SUSTRANS to highlight the 200 largest CWGC UK sites on the National Cycle Network

On Saturday 10 September 2016, the week of the 100th Anniversary of the Battle of Flers-Courcellete, Herts at War will be cycling to war graves to pay their respects. 

Hertfordshire has 891 War Graves, with at least one in almost every town and village throughout the county, many of those relating to men that fought in the 1916 Somme Campaign, some of whom received wounds there, ultimately dying in hospitals around the county. 
Trenchfoot Music
A special Battle of the ‪Somme commemorative concert has taken place in order to raise awareness of ‪CWGC war graves in St David’s Church, Carmarthen, St Martin’s Church, Laugharne and St Margaret’s Church, Pendine. Members of the community visited the local graves and took part in a concert organised by Trenchfoot Music
The Living Memory team are on hand to answer any questions. Email for any of the following:
  • Advice on finding a date to connect your community to the Somme
  • Information on Somme casualties buried in the UK
  • Poster and flyer templates to promote your event
  • Guidelines for creating a cemetery guide
  • Press notice template to promote your event locally
  • Champion certificates to acknowledge your commitment. 
Reminder to everyone taking part in the Living Memory project to please make sure you are aware of and follow best practise for the protection of young people and vulnerable adults. For example, when working with young people always have two adults present, seek permission to take any photographs and ensure that all material is suitable and appropriate.  If you have any questions or would like further guidance please contact us 

The Living Memory project is delivered by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission and Big Ideas Company with support from the Department of Communities & Local Government and the Department of Culture Media & Sport.
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