Hi-tech panels bring the stories of the fallen to life at war memorials in Southampton's Hollybrook Cemetery

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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.

The Duke of Kent unveiled panels today at Portsmouth Naval Memorial and Southampton's Hollybrook Cemetery.

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.

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4:40pm Tue 19 Feb 13

sotonboy84 says...

A shame Southampton City Council aren't as interested in remembering the fallen as the Commnwealth War Graves Commission is.

If they were, they might have maintained and restored the cenotpah as they agreed to do when it was built and not built the out of place cheap glass panels that they have!
A shame Southampton City Council aren't as interested in remembering the fallen as the Commnwealth War Graves Commission is. If they were, they might have maintained and restored the cenotpah as they agreed to do when it was built and not built the out of place cheap glass panels that they have! sotonboy84
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5:32pm Tue 19 Feb 13

masonman says...

Totally agree with Sotonboy84.Having worked for SCC for nearly 20 years as a stonemason,they were not interested in maintaining war memorials or the cenotph.They were allowed £5000 per year for maintaining cenotpah, which to my knowledge was rarely used. Regarding glass panels, I designed stone panels to match cenot pah, which were ignored,being told they were using glass. What a mockery to the fallen!
Totally agree with Sotonboy84.Having worked for SCC for nearly 20 years as a stonemason,they were not interested in maintaining war memorials or the cenotph.They were allowed £5000 per year for maintaining cenotpah, which to my knowledge was rarely used. Regarding glass panels, I designed stone panels to match cenot pah, which were ignored,being told they were using glass. What a mockery to the fallen! masonman
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6:44pm Tue 19 Feb 13

cliffwalker says...

"remembered ina new way" Mr Editor?
Should it not be "inna" in the Echo style new orthography?
"remembered ina new way" Mr Editor? Should it not be "inna" in the Echo style new orthography? cliffwalker
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6:58pm Tue 19 Feb 13

Lone Ranger. says...

masonman wrote:
Totally agree with Sotonboy84.Having worked for SCC for nearly 20 years as a stonemason,they were not interested in maintaining war memorials or the cenotph.They were allowed £5000 per year for maintaining cenotpah, which to my knowledge was rarely used. Regarding glass panels, I designed stone panels to match cenot pah, which were ignored,being told they were using glass. What a mockery to the fallen!
Well i suppose it was a choice between glass panels or squandering money on a white elephant.
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Nothing greater than massaging the old ego .......... !!!!
[quote][p][bold]masonman[/bold] wrote: Totally agree with Sotonboy84.Having worked for SCC for nearly 20 years as a stonemason,they were not interested in maintaining war memorials or the cenotph.They were allowed £5000 per year for maintaining cenotpah, which to my knowledge was rarely used. Regarding glass panels, I designed stone panels to match cenot pah, which were ignored,being told they were using glass. What a mockery to the fallen![/p][/quote]Well i suppose it was a choice between glass panels or squandering money on a white elephant. . Nothing greater than massaging the old ego .......... !!!! Lone Ranger.
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7:41pm Tue 19 Feb 13

J.P.M says...

Respect to masonman

How many times can you mis-spell cenotaph?
Respect to masonman How many times can you mis-spell cenotaph? J.P.M
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8:02pm Tue 19 Feb 13

Lone Ranger. says...

J.P.M wrote:
Respect to masonman

How many times can you mis-spell cenotaph?
I didnt realise that it is compulsay to spell every word correctly.
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In my opinion this forum is about posting your views on current topics and the need for an A-level education is not required.
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Some are not as gifted as others in putting their point across effectively or indeed with correct spelling ....... But i think that you can get the gist of what masonman posted without the need for him to be 100% accurate in spelling.
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This is a free and open forum for all ... even the uneducated regarding spell checker
[quote][p][bold]J.P.M[/bold] wrote: Respect to masonman How many times can you mis-spell cenotaph?[/p][/quote]I didnt realise that it is compulsay to spell every word correctly. . In my opinion this forum is about posting your views on current topics and the need for an A-level education is not required. . Some are not as gifted as others in putting their point across effectively or indeed with correct spelling ....... But i think that you can get the gist of what masonman posted without the need for him to be 100% accurate in spelling. . This is a free and open forum for all ... even the uneducated regarding spell checker Lone Ranger.
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8:15pm Tue 19 Feb 13

lisa whitemore says...

J.P.M wrote:
Respect to masonman

How many times can you mis-spell cenotaph?
got nothing better to do than pick up on someones spelling? How completely ridiculous!
[quote][p][bold]J.P.M[/bold] wrote: Respect to masonman How many times can you mis-spell cenotaph?[/p][/quote]got nothing better to do than pick up on someones spelling? How completely ridiculous! lisa whitemore
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8:35pm Tue 19 Feb 13

J.P.M says...

lisa whitemore wrote:
J.P.M wrote:
Respect to masonman

How many times can you mis-spell cenotaph?
got nothing better to do than pick up on someones spelling? How completely ridiculous!
How can I respect an opinion of some waster who can't write in the designated language?
[quote][p][bold]lisa whitemore[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]J.P.M[/bold] wrote: Respect to masonman How many times can you mis-spell cenotaph?[/p][/quote]got nothing better to do than pick up on someones spelling? How completely ridiculous![/p][/quote]How can I respect an opinion of some waster who can't write in the designated language? J.P.M
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10:22pm Tue 19 Feb 13

jonnyx says...

one would hope they were typos. just ironic that the moan was coming from a stonemason whose typos in his chosen medium could be somewhat problematic

i must say though it is particularly easy to mistype when using a smartphone or tablet device.
one would hope they were typos. just ironic that the moan was coming from a stonemason whose typos in his chosen medium could be somewhat problematic i must say though it is particularly easy to mistype when using a smartphone or tablet device. jonnyx
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