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Hi-tech panels bring the stories of the fallen to life at war memorials in Southampton's Hollybrook Cemetery
3:50pm Tuesday 19th February 2013 in News
SOUTHAMPTON'S fallen war heroes are being remembered ina new way designed to educate a new generation about the sacrifices they made.
Unveiled in the city today by the Duke of Kent, special panels have been installed at First World War memorials enabling the public to use their smartphones to learn about the history of the service personnel who lost their lives.
More than 100 information panels are being put up by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission at memorials across the UK as part of a campaign to provide more information to the public as the 100th anniversary of the First World War approaches.
Each panel carries information about the site of the cemetery or memorial and also includes a Quick Response (QR) code, which is a type of barcode that can hold far more information.
When scanned with a smartphone, the QR code provides access to information including personal stories of some of the casualties buried or commemorated at the memorial.
Prince Edward said: ''The Commonwealth War Graves Commission is at the heart of events to mark the centenary of the First World War.
''Our cemeteries and memorials will be the focus for many acts of remembrance over the coming years and this initiative will help inform visitors of the historical context which brought these places into being, while putting a human face to the names of those who died.
''It is a powerful means of combining traditional methods with new technology to ensure we never forget.''
The QR code at Hollybrook tells about Lord Kitchener who is commemorated at the memorial there.
The code at Portsmouth Naval Memorial reveals the story of David Bedell-Sivright, a Scottish rugby international who captained the British Lions and died at Gallipoli.
It also explains the sacrifices made by the local community in sending sailors to fight in the two world wars.