Duke of Kent to unveil panels at city’s naval memorial

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THE Duke of Kent is visiting Portsmouth Naval Memorial next week to unveil new information panels.

He will be unveiling the panels, which have been put in place by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, on February 19.

The panels are among 500 that the commission is installing as part of a drive to provide more information for the public during the centenary of the First World War.

They carry information about the site of the memorial and carry a Quick Response (QR) code, which can be scanned by smartphone devices for information.

The QR code at the Portsmouth Naval Memorial in Southsea reveals the story of David Bedell-Sivright, a Scottish rugby international who captained the British Lions and died at Gallipoli. It also details the great sacrifice the local community made in sending sailors to fight in both world wars.

HRH The Duke of Kent, who is the commission’s president, said the panels are a ‘powerful means’ to ensure we never forget.