The short film tells the story of a British soldier whose family members have served in conflicts over the last 100 years. The different conflicts and eras are represented by the seamless change in uniform worn by the soldier. The changes in uniform on the soldier also demonstrates the evolution of the British Army over the last 100 years. Throughout the video a poem is recited which delivers the narrative for this emotive film.
The video was filmed at Brookwood Military Cemetery, near Pirbright. Brookwood is owned and run by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC); it was established as the First World War ended, and then extended for the burial of Second World War service personnel. Those buried there represent all branches of service, and all six of the CWGC’s member governments: Australia, Canada, India, New Zealand, South Africa and the United Kingdom.
We have a duty to engage new generations in the importance of ongoing remembrance.
Peter Francis, Media & PR Executive for the CWGC said: “The Commission works closely with the current serving members of our armed forces and we are delighted to support the Army’s remembrance campaign.
"As we approach the end of the First World War Centenary it is vital that we continue to build upon the levels of interest that the centenary and its many associated events have helped create.
"We have a duty of care to go on looking after places like Brookwood and a duty to engage new generations in the importance of ongoing remembrance."
With more than 5,000 Commonwealth, and almost 800 war graves of other nationalities, and a further 3,400 servicemen and women commemorated on the Brookwood Memorial to the missing, the cemetery is a proud and moving reminder of the human cost of two world wars and the price paid by our Commonwealth servicemen and women to defend the freedoms we enjoy today.
This original film makes a very powerful and clear link between the men and women who have served in the British Armed Forces throughout the last century. It symbolises the human nature of our work by remembering those who dedicated their lives for our country whilst also paying tribute to those that currently serve with the same ongoing commitment.