War graves in Wittering undergo £10,000 revamp

War graves in Wittering Churchyard have recently undergone a facelift thanks to the efforts of The Commonwealth War Graves Commission
War graves in Wittering Churchyard have recently undergone a facelift thanks to the efforts of The Commonwealth War Graves Commission
0
Have your say

War graves in Wittering have undergone a facelift thanks to the efforts of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

The commission, which looks after war graves all over the world and more than 170,000 in the UK, chose All Saints’ Churchyard in Wittering for renovation as part of a scheme to enhance the appearance of plots.

The scheme aims to bring all war graves in line with cemeteries maintained by the commission overseas.

At Wittering, the plot has had new turf, headstone borders and a range of flowering plants. The work has cost about £10,000.

Peter Francis, from the commission, said: “The renovation at Wittering is part of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission’s commitment to ensuring those servicemen and women, who died in the two world wars are commemorated in a manner befitting their sacrifice.

“We are delighted that through our close relationship with the various church and burial authorities throughout the UK we can introduce the type of horticultural embellishment so closely associated with our work of commemorating the fallen.

“The work at Wittering has greatly enhanced the appearance of the plot.”

The churchyard contains the graves of 33 casualties from the Second World War, 30 of whom served with the air forces of the Commonwealth.