QR code war memorials officially unveiled by the Duke of Kent

QR code memorial - HRH Duke of Kent Prince Edward

QR code memorial - HRH Duke of Kent Prince EdwardSmartphone friendly barcodes have been added to help visitors to learn more about WWI

One hundred memorials in the United Kingdom have been outfitted with a special QR code to help visitors to learn more about the first World War through the use of their smartphones.

The barcodes are meant to be scanned by the public to learn about the history of those who lost their lives.

The memorials are designed to help the public to remember the service personnel who gave their lives in World War I, but the amount of information that can be posted there is limited. Through the addition of a QR code to the panels, much more space has been opened up in the digital environment, making it easier for smartphone users to obtain more information.

Over 100 information panels with a QR code have been installed by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

The Commonwealth War Graves Commission has added these new installations that feature a QR code, at memorial sites across the United Kingdom. This is one part of a larger campaign that is designed to make information easier for the public to obtain, in anticipation of the upcoming 100th anniversary of the first World War.

As a part of the unveiling of these new smartphone friendly panels, the Duke of Kent took part in the official ceremonies. He was present at the Portsmouth Naval Memorial, as well as at the Hollybrook Cemetery in Southampton. Each of the newly unveiled panels contains information about the memorial or the cemetery, as well as a QR code that can be scanned in order to learn a great deal more about the history of the site or what it represents.

Some of the content available upon scanning the QR code includes personal stories of some of the servicemen who lost their lives and who are buried or commemorated by the location. Prince Edward, the Duke of Kent, stated that “The Commonwealth War Graves Commission is at the heart of events to mark the centenary of the First World War.” He also added that “Our cemeteries and memorials will be the focus for many acts of remembrance over the coming years and this initiative will help inform visitors of the historical context which brought these places into being, while putting a human face to the names of those who died.”

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