People in Sutton are being urged to support a project which commemorates First World War servicemen and women who are buried at Bandon Hill Cemetery.

Councillor Steve Penneck, Sutton North representative, presented the initiative at the Beddington and Wallington Local Committee meeting this week (February 27) at Wallington County Grammar School.

Since its launch, people have volunteered in several activities - including caring for graves, researching the people buried, scrubbing headstones, laying flowers, and holding vigils.

Mr Penneck said: “People assume that all the war dead are buried in graves on the continent but there are 126 Commonwealth war graves from the First World War in Sutton.

“This project hopes to retain and where necessary restore the history relating to those heroes.

“An exhibition of the project has been put together, and it is intended that interpretative panels will be installed at Sutton and Bandon Hill Cemeteries.

“Volunteers will soon be offering to help at Bandon Hill Cemetery, and we need someone prepared to coordinate them and help them get organised.

“We hope that one of the community groups that attends the local committee will be prepared to help here.”

There are currently 126 Commonwealth graves in Sutton and the project aims to restore the the history of those heroes.