Mayor of Carlisle leads ceremony at citys Commonwealth War Grave

Mayor of Carlisle leads ceremony at city\s Commonwealth War Grave

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Briggs was gassed while serving overseas and died from \”sickness,\” his military records say. His death — more than two years and nine months after the Armistice of Nov. 11, 1918 ended fighting in the war — was classified as a war death because the war was technically continuing until peace treaties and the armistice was ratified by all countries involved.

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According to the Commonwealth War Graves Commission Canadian Agency, his name was Sgt. Nassau Briggs, and his grave can be found in section Y of Hamilton Cemetery on York Boulevard, in a far north section of a few dozen military graves.

Sombre service: The remembrance ceremony at Carlisle Cemetery Pictures:<span class="truncate"><span class="truncate-preview"> Stuart Walker</span></span>

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Nov. 11, 1918 is understood by most to be the final day of the war. But it took a long time for all the legislative approvals and paper work to be done.

Councillor Jessica Riddle laid the final few of over 200 small poppy crosses on the Commonwealth War Graves at Carlisle Cemetery at the end of a short, sombre open air service.

The remains of Canadian military personnel who died overseas were not brought home. They were buried near where they fell.

They are among a total of 400 war graves to receive the same token of remembrance in the cemeteries across the city.

Veterans and members of the public, around 30 in total, gathered at the World War One memorial in Carlisle Cemetery.

To mark the occasion, and to commemorate the dead, the Telegraph has been granted access to the Commonwealth War Grave Commissions database of graves.

Below, you can search for a surname using our tool and find out information about the number of Commonwealth casualties who shared that name –  where they died, at what stage of the war and who their family were.

The database itself is an incredible monument to the war dead and can offer fascinating (and sobering) insight into the identities of those who fought.

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