Thursday, 23 May 2013

Accrington Pals finally signposted by Commonwealth War Graves Commission


I am very pleased to have been informed that there has finally been a sign erected by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission in the Sheffield Woodlands area of Serre in France, which points visitors towards the Accrington Pals Memorial.

It may only seem a small thing, but it means a lot that visitors to the Commonwealth War Graves in Serre will pointed towards the memorial to a group of young people who died in such tragic circumstances, and who mean so much to the community in and around Accrington.

Everyone in the area knows about the Accrington Pals, and hopefully now visitors to the Commonwealth War Graves in Serre will be inspired to read or learn about them.

True thanks for the fact the sign is there must go to Cath Holmes of Accrington, who has been trying for some time to get this sign erected. After a slightly frustrating breakdown in communication between Cath and the CWGC in France, and an intervention by my office, I am pleased that the Commonwealth War Graves Commission have put up, and paid for the sign.