War graves project to honour soldiers who made the ultimate sacrifice
PUBLISHED: 11:22 18 April 2019 | UPDATED: 11:22 18 April 2019
A new scheme will honour the memory of those who gave their lives fighting for their country during the First World War.
Led by Lowestoft-based charity Access Community Trust, the Memories Carved in Stone project will remember the millions of soldiers who fought so bravely for their freedom more than 100 years ago.
A specific focus will be on individuals from Lowestoft and the surrounding area, telling the stories of where they were from and what led them to the battlefield.
Having been granted funding from the National Lottery Heritage Fund, Access and willing volunteers will clean the graves of those who died and rejuvenate the land around them.
Information on the soldiers will then be gathered from Lowestoft record office and the Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC), culminating in the unveiling of an exhibition on Remembrance Sunday later this year.
Lee Johnson, from Access Community Trust, is leading the project and emphasised the importance of remembering those who made the ultimate sacrifice.
“History far too often focuses on defining moments and overlooks the masses of individuals who collectively but understatedly helped to create the history in question,” said Mr Johnson.
“We've been successful in obtaining funding through the National Lottery Heritage Fund and, using the facilities available to us, we will create an exhibition about soldiers who went to fight in the First World War.
“The Commonwealth War Graves Commission owns all the graves and if there 10 graves or more together the commission will look after them, but otherwise there is more of an obligation on us to preserve them.
“We are appealing for volunteers to come forward and help with the project, which will initially involve cleaning the graves up and making the areas around them look presentable.”
Memories Carved in Stone will officially launch on Wednesday, April 24. The resulting exhibition will be unveiled at East Suffolk Council's Riverside
offices in Lowestoft on Remembrance Sunday 2019, before being toured around the area.
Any volunteers or schools who are interested in getting involved with the project should contact Lee Johnson from Access Community Trust by calling 07388992923 or emailing via firstname.lastname@example.org.