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New technology being used at Denbighshire war graves

Published date: 09 January 2013 |
Published by: Staff reporter
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NEW technology will help visitors understand why there is more than 80 Canadian war graves located in Bodelwyddan.

Quick Response (QR) Codes have been created at St Margaret’s Church by community-based information project HistoryPoints.org, allowing visitors the opportunity to read the information on their smartphone or tablet.

Scanning a QR near the Canadian war graves will people to download a concise account, in English or French, of how more than 17,000 Canadian service men and women were stationed at the nearby Kinmel Park Camp for months after the First World War ended.

Rhodri Clark, founder of HistoryPoints.org, said: “It would be hard to visit the church in Bodelwyddan and not notice the rows of war graves outside - for many visitors, the graves have been baffling.

“We hope our QR codes will inform many people about what happened during the difficult winter of 1918-19. Anyone who reads the story as they stand beside the graves cannot fail to be moved by it.

“We’d like to include photos of individuals buried there and further biographical information, to give people an even deeper insight.”

HistoryPoints.org, which has also placed QRs at hundreds of places of interest around Wales, provides the personal details, including next of kin where known, of each of the men and the two women buried in the graves.

The information can also be viewed at www.historypoints.org

Other features in Denbighshire which visitors can read about using QR codes include the Clive Engine House at Dyserth, Rhyl lifeboat, the Royal International Pavilion in Llangollen, Gronant sand dunes and Ruthin Gaol.

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