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Details of war dead sought for cemetery anniversary booklet

14/02/2013

A NEW booklet is aiming to shed light on the life and times of local men killed during the First World War and recorded at a Leicester cemetery.

The Friends of Belgrave Cemetery are calling on people to share their photographs and memories of relatives with graves at the Victorian cemetery, as part of commemorations to mark the centenary of the Great War in 2014.

The group is compiling details for a booklet about Commonwealth War Graves from the 1914-1918 conflict, in order to give visitors an insight into the lives and final resting places of this lost generation of men. The booklet will give visitors information on the layout of the graves, and the personal stories behind those men commemorated there.

A previous booklet, entitled Soldiers of Belgrave, was published in 2008 using information from the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, and organisers now want to build on that information with even more old photographs, stories and memories of the men involved.

Belgrave Cemetery, situated near Red Hill Circle, was opened in 1881 and covers 5.5 acres. It contains 49 Commonwealth War Graves of men from both world wars whose remains are interred in the cemetery, and over 100 family memorials bearing the names of men killed in action and buried abroad.

Leicester assistant city mayor for leisure, heritage and sport, Cllr Piara Singh Clair, said: "So many local men lost their lives in the Great War, and this booklet would be a very fitting way to remember them 100 years on, and share that information with future generations."

Anyone with photographs or information to share can contact Friends of Belgrave Cemetery chairwoman Dorothy Marshall on 0116 267 2018. Further information is also available at www.friendsofbelgravecemetery.org.uk

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