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Simon Weston backs campaign urging people to visit local war graves

Simon Weston lays flowers on the grave of Pte Lewington George Davies Credit: ITV News / Mike Griffiths

Falklands War veteran Simon Weston has teamed up with a campaign to encourage more Welsh people to visit their local war graves.

The Commonwealth War Graves Commission project (CGWC) remembers the forgotten front, and is now trying to encourage people to discover the stories behind the names of those who gave their lives.

In Wales alone there are more than 8,000 war graves and memorials commemorating men and women from the First and Second World Wars.

Today in Cardiff, Simon Weston paid respects to one soldier at Cathays cemetary.

Canadian Private Lewington George Davies, was 17 when he died from wounds sustained at Mametz Wood.

He passed away on December 10th 1916 when he was sent to a UK-based hospital.

I am honoured to be representing Wales for the Commonwealth War Graves Living Memory Project.

I know from personal experience the importance of remembering those who gave their lives for this country, and no-one should be forgotten whether they died during a war 100 years ago or in the last 20 years.

Remembering those buried in CWGC war graves is a fitting way to pay your respects.

– Simon Weston CBE

Watch the report from Mike Griffiths below: