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War Graves in Wales to Have QR Codes Installed

The Commonwealth War Graves Commission is taking action to raise awareness about local history and pay honour to soldiers who died in World Wars I and II by signposting over 8,000 graves across Wales, the BBC reported.

The commission will put signs at 1,145 locations, such as cemeteries and churches to direct people to the memorials. In addition, barcodes will be installed on some of the tombstones to provide additional historical information. The barcodes, known as Quick Response (QR) codes, can be scanned on a smartphone to enable visitors to the graveyards to find out more about the person buried there.

The signs will be placed at the entrances to cemeteries and churchyards to highlight the memorials, with Cardiff and Pembrokeshire being among the first locations to become part of the initiative. Further signs will be added to the remaining locations over the next couple of years, while sites including the Cathays Cemetery in Cardiff and St Margaret's Church in Bodelwyddan will be given signs that display more detailed information. The signs will also feature QR codes to learn more about the soldiers laid to rest there.

Many of the soldiers buried in Wales died after returning home as a result of injuries suffered during military operations, while others died whilst training or based in Wales. The commission noted that many people did not know about the existence of these cemeteries in Wales so the initiative will help boost awareness.

This is not the first time that technology upgrades have been made to headstones in Britain. Last year a funeral director in Poole, Dorset, started adding QR codes to gravestones, allowing family members to remember in a modern way the loved ones they have lost.

It seems that Britons are not completely against the idea of having a QR code on their headstone. When asked by the Guardian whether they would want one on their grave, 62% of respondents said they didn't like the idea, while 38% said they were in favour of it.

Had you considered this kind of 'digital memorial' at your burial site?