Sutton’s First World War commemoration group has announced a major initiative which will co-incide with the planned range of remembrance events which will turn the nation’s focus towards the tragedy of the Battle of the Somme – in July 2016.

In a unique initiative it is calling on individuals, groups and businesses across the borough to ” Adopt A Grave”.

In cemeteries throughout the borough there are more than 100 graves of those who died in the first world war and the group are now hoping that these can become the centre of attention a century later.

“We are appealing to all of the borough’s group and organisations to consider taking part in what will be – we hope the start of a long running project which will allow these interested parties to use these graves to increase their knowledge of the First World War to ensure our borough plays its part to properly reflect our recognition of the sacrifice that was made,” said chair of the group Lord Graham Tope.

“Whether its researching family history, discovering more about the privations of the war itself or simply recognising the loss of an individual in a time of war we hope that these graves will be the springboard to further activities.

“But at first all we need is an expression of interest from those who would like more details.”

For further information please email suttonremembers@gmail.com