In advance of Remembrance Sunday Local MP Maria Miller has paid her respects to a number of Commonwealth War Graves cared for by the Commission in Basingstoke.
Maria said, “The War Graves in Basingstoke remind us that members of the armed forces from Basingstoke and across the world paid the ultimate price for defending our liberty and have their final resting place in our community.
“The graves in South View Cemetery near the Holy Ghost Church, are cared for by the War Graves Commission, and include Captain John Aiden Liddel who died August 1915 aged just 27 years old and received a Victoria cross for gallantry; and Canadian infantryman Private Sylvester Braddock who died June 1918 aged just 26 years old.
“I’d like to thank the staff and volunteers of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission for the hard work they do caring for the many war graves in Basingstoke and across the country”.
Megan Maltby from the Commonwealth War Graves Commission said, “The Commonwealth War Graves Commission was delighted to have this opportunity to show Dame Maria Miller the war graves that we care for at Basingstoke South View Cemetery. We have a number of volunteers across Basingstoke that support our teams caring and tending to the headstones, delivering tours and talks about the work of the CWGC and supporting our digital platforms too.
“With Remembrance Sunday this week, the public can also get involved by submitting their own stories of the men and women who died in the First and Second World Wars to our new story sharing platform, For Evermore. If people have stories about a relative or someone, they may have researched who is commemorated at one of our cemeteries or memorials around the world, we’d really like to hear them”.
Find out more and submit your story here: www.cwgc.org/stories
Volunteer opportunities: https://www.cwgc.org/our-work/volunteer/