MP Rosie Winterton to visit WW1 Cemetery

Rosie Winterton MP
Rosie Winterton MP

Rosie Winterton will visit one of the borough’s war cemeteries on Friday (August 29) to commemorate World War One.

The Doncaster Central MP will also urge schools to visit to gain a greater understanding of the scale and magnitude of the Great War and the impact that it has had on today’s society.

Hyde Park Cemetery, on Carr Lane, is the largest war grave sites in Rosie’s constituency, with 82 WW1 and 26 WW2 casualties.

The visit is part of a national initiative spearheaded by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, the All-Party Parliamentary War Heritage Group, and the In from the Cold Project that maps over 300,000 Commonwealth war dead by each parliamentary constituency.

Representatives from The Friends of Hyde Park will also attend.

Rosie said: “It’s important to remember the enormous sacrifices made by the people of Doncaster during the First and Second World Wars.

“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 a new generation of young people about the extraordinary events of a hundred years ago and to bring to life some of the personal stories from this remarkable time.

“Encouraging young people to visit the graves of the fallen is a simple but profoundly important way to commemorate the outbreak of the war.”

Deirdre Mills, CWGC’s Director of UK Area, said: “The centenary is an opportune time for us to re-engage and connect with local communities and young people, and explain how the people who are buried in our graves got to be there, who they were, and where they were from.

“More than 300,000 Commonwealth servicemen and women are commemorated in the UK. Many died in military hospitals whilst being treated for their wounds or fell victim to the flu pandemic as the conflict drew to a close. Their graves reflect both the local impact of the war but also its wider historical significance.”