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Young people urged to visit Rugby’s war graves

Andrew Crompton from the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, Rugby Mayor Tony Gillias and MP Mark Pawsey

Andrew Crompton from the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, Rugby Mayor Tony Gillias and MP Mark Pawsey

Rugby Mayor Tony Gillias has joined MP Mark Pawsey on a tour of the borough’s cemeteries to view Commonwealth war graves.

Their visit was in support of a new initiative from the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, which aims to encourage school pupils and students to visit war graves.

This year marks the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War, and the commission has urged teachers to organise visits to help pupils learn about the scale and magnitude of the conflict.

The commission has launched an online ‘virtual cemetery’ education portal – www.cwgc-virtual-cemetery.org/

Cllr Gillias said: “We should never forget the sacrifices made by so many during World War One, and this year’s centenary gives us the opportunity to commemorate the lives of the thousands of brave people who fought for our country.”

 

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