23
July
2013
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00:00
Europe/London

New signs to honour the Leeds fallen of the Great War










Caption: Leeds City Council executive member for the environment Councillor Mark Dobson (right) with Regional Supervisor North for the Commonwealth War Graves Commission Stephen Liversage at the new sign at the entrance to Lawnswood Cemetery



Special signs are appearing at cemeteries in Leeds to officially honour those who fell in the First World War.



As part of the lead-up to the 100th anniversary next year of the outbreak of the Great War, the Commonwealth War Graves Commission is carrying out a project to raise awareness of the 13,000 sites in the United Kingdom, Iceland and the Faroe Islands where those who died in the war are buried.



The commission is now working with Leeds City Council to place signs at 15 cemeteries in the city to act as a permanent reminder that fallen soldiers are buried there. In total more than 800 Commonwealth and Allied soldiers from the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, Canada and Belgium who died in the First World War are buried in Leeds.



Leeds City Council executive member for the environment Councillor Mark Dobson said:



“We were honoured to be approached by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission to be part of this project. These soldiers made the ultimate sacrifice in defending our freedom and way of life and their final resting places deserve to be recognised in this respectful way.”



For more information on the Commonwealth War Graves Commission visit the website at www.cwgc.org/





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