Stories behind war graves

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The Commonwealth War Graves Commission is marking the centenary of the Battle of the Somme by launching an initiative to get local people visiting war graves.

British actor Hugh Dennis launched the campaign this week, encouraging people to discover the stories behind the names of those who gave their lives in the First World War, focusing on the 300,000 war graves here in Britain, to mark the centenary of the Battle of the Somme.

“I’d urge everyone to get involved in this initiative so we never forget those who died during the Great War and are buried and commemorated so close to us on the home front,” he said.

In Berwickshire, there are more than 69 war graves and commemorations to those who died in WW1.

One of these graves is that of Private James Buglass who died from wounds inflicted during the Battle of the Somme. Private Buglass of Coldingham, was brought home to receive medical treatment but died on July 28, 1916, aged 23, and is buried at Coldingham Priory.

Private Buglass is one of many soldiers who should not be forgotten and is a perfect example of someone who deserves to be remembered by the local community.

The CWGC Living Memory Project is looking for 141 groups, to hold 141 events, to mark the 141 days of the Somme offensive. You can register by emailing or visiting