July 22 2014 Latest news:
Tuesday, July 8, 2014
The Royal British Legion hopes to visit the memorials of the 876 Cambridgeshire officers and soldiers who made the ultimate sacrifice fighting for their country during the First World War.
Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC) records show there are 876 Officers and Soldiers of The Cambridgeshire Regiment killed during the First World War who have memorials at home and abroad.
As part of a commemorative project called Cambs 876 Remembered, which has been devised by Eastern Region members of the Riders Branch of the Royal British Legion, each individual’s story will be researched.
And the riders have vowed to visit each memorial on the 100th anniversary of each individual’s passing and place a poppy cross at their memorial.
The fallen are named in 208 cemeteries across six countries: UK, France, Belgium, Netherlands, Germany and Tanzania. The first man fell in 1914 and the last man died in 1921.
A Royal British Legion spokesman said: “The intention of the Riders is to honour all 876, as a part of the National First World War centenary commemorations.
“The first task will be to research each individual, to consolidate known or previously unknown facts and share all findings with a Royal British Legion project called ‘Every Man Remembered’.
“Then the Riders will ride (where reasonably practicable) to each and every memorial on the 100th anniversary of each individual’s passing and place a poppy cross at their memorial.
“It would be wonderful if any family members of the Officers and Soldiers were to become involved in whichever way they feel willing and able.”
Project details can be found at www.Cambs 876 Remembered.com or on the Facebook page of the same name.