In the year of the centenary of the end of World War One, Gosport MP Caroline Dinenage is urging constituents to engage with local Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC) sites to learn more about the community links to World War One and Two.
The CWGC cares for the 1.7 million Commonwealth men and women graves and memorials, including the 3573 Common Wealth War Graves and 42 Foreign War Graves in local cemeteries. More than 306 000 of those who sacrificed their lives are commemorated on British soil and Caroline Dinenage in encouraging constituents to help keep their stories alive.
The CWGC is committed to commemorating the war dead in perpetuity and its charity arm, the Common Wealth War Graves Foundation (CWGF), offers supporters a chance to give back by helping teach young people about those who died. The CWGF runs educational programmes and a successful intern programme that offers the chance to work at some of the Commission's most well-known sites in France and Belgium.
"Gosport's rich military history is a proud and defining feature of our local community. Almost every family in our area and across the country has a connection that personally links them to the First and Second World Wars. As we mark one hundred years since armistice in 1918, it is vital to keep the stories of war and important lessons learned alive for future generations."