A Doncaster MP has urged more children to visit the borough’s war graves to learn about past conflicts.
Ed Miliband, MP for Doncaster North, was speaking after he visited one of Doncaster’s cemeteries to view Commonwealth war graves.
He was shown around the cemetery, on Windmill Balk Lane, Adwick, by Stephen Stapleton and Mike Diaz, from the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, which has been organising visits for MPs and school pupils to commemorate the centenary of the First World War.
Afterwards Mr Miliband echoed an appeal by the CWGC for children to visit the graves.
He said: “The centenary of the outbreak of the First World War is a time not just for reflection and commemoration but also an opportunity to educate people about the events of 100 years ago, and to bring to life some of the personal stories from that time.”
Adwick cemetery has 33 war graves – 10 from the First and 23 from the Second World War – and there are 19 cemeteries in his constituency containing a total of 292 Commonwealth war graves.
Mr Miliband added: “The lessons from history still have a vital role to play in the present and future, and I hope schools across Doncaster will embrace the CWGC’s initiative to teach our young people about the First World War and its legacy. Visiting the graves of the people who died in the conflict is a simple but important way to commemorate the outbreak of the war.”
To support the initiative, the CWGC has launched an online ‘virtual cemetery’ education portal – www.cwgc-virtual-cemetery.org – which includes a range of teaching resources.
The locations of war graves in Doncaster cemeteries can be found on www.cwgc.org.