MP to honour WW1 troops at commemorations in Italy
Berwick MP Anne-Marie Trevelyan has been invited to lay a wreath at a Commonwealth War Grave commemorating the loss of British troops during the First World War, nearly a third of whom were from the Northumberland Fusiliers.
Mrs Trevelyan has been invited to the cemetery in Tezze, Italy, over Remembrance weekend, on behalf of the UK, as part of ongoing commemorations of the centenary of the First World War.
Of the 337 graves in the cemetery, 72 mark the final resting place of Northumberland Fusiliers.
The men were from the 10th and 11th Battalions who fought at the Battle of Vittoria Veneto, which took place between October 24 and 30, 1918, against the Austrio-Hungarian army. Many were killed towards the end of this action, within a fortnight of the end of the war.
Mrs Trevelyan said: “It is a tremendous honour to be able to lay a wreath to remember these local lads who lost their lives far from home just before the end of the war.
“It is so important to ensure their sacrifice is remembered and I am pleased the centenary events mean I am able to honour them in this way.
“The First World War devastated communities across Northumberland, with many losing large numbers of young men, some barely men at all.
“It is incredibly important to me that their lives are honoured, and it will give me great pride to be able to lay a wreath at the cemetery in Tezze.”
The cemetery is maintained by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, which tends the graves of over 1,700,000 who lost their lives in both the First and Second World Wars.
Mrs Trevelyan was also praised by Prime Minister Theresa May for her work on the Armed Forces Covenant during a session of Prime Minister’s Questions.
Mrs Trevelyan chairs the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on the Armed Forces Covenant, the nation’s commitment to ensure armed forces personnel, veterans and their families face no disadvantage for their service.
She asked the Prime Minister to place on the record her support for the Covenant.
Mrs May replied: “We should all be working to ensure that those who have served us, and served us well, do not face disadvantages.
“I absolutely commit to ensuring that this is a Government who continue to support our veterans and the members of our armed forces.”