St Peter’s Church in Frimley is inviting people to take part in a unique and interactive trail around the churchyard, where visitors can use QR codes to discover the history of each of the men from the parish who served in World War One and are buried there.
Mark Russell, an active member of the parish, began researching the numerous military graves in St Peter's churchyard for his own interest, over a year ago.
“Being ex-military I have always had a keen interest in St Peter's churchyard military history. I found that there a number of official Commonwealth War graves in the churchyard, from both the 1st and 2nd World Wars.”
Realising the importance of the information he found, Mark wanted a simple and unique way to share it. He came up with the idea of using QR codes to create an interactive trail. “I didn't want our soldiers to just fade into history,” said Mark. “I trialled my idea during the Cherishing Churchyards week last year and the feedback was really good and encouraging.”
With 2018 marking the centenary of the end of World War One, it is a fitting time to launch the trail, focussing on 31 of Frimley’s World War One soldiers, some of which are buried in St Peter’s churchyard and some are remembered on a relatives graves. Mark has plans to widen the trail in the future to include soldiers who served in World War Two and possibly other military personnel in the churchyard.
Mark worked with a local historian, Mary Bennett, using her invaluable knowledge to bring together a brief history about each of the men from the Parish of Frimley who served and are buried in our churchyard.
You can discover all of this history by downloading a QR Code Reader onto you smart phone or other device and visiting St Peter’s in Frimley to take part in the trail. QR codes are like digital barcodes that can be scanned using a smart phone or tablet and will automatically load information related to that specific code. You will find a ‘how to guide’ on the church noticeboard if you need help.
St Peter’s are also marking remembrance day with an eye catching display of falling poppies which will hang outside from the church tower. There will also be a large number of poppies which have been worked on by the local schools on display around the gallery inside the church.
The QR code trail will be available until the end of the year. Please contact Mark Russell via the parish office on 01276 27855 for more information.
Here’s an example from the trail - Harry Kinge.