Lord Ashcroft KCMG PC has given his backing to today’s launch of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission’s (CWGC’s) “Voices of Liberation” project to mark the 75th anniversary of key events in the Second World War.
As part of the new project, Lord Ashcroft and others were interviewed about their thoughts and experiences on liberation in relation to 1944 and other significant Second World War events. These interviews will form part of an important archive that the CWGC will keep and maintain.
Lord Ashcroft, a military historian and medal collector, who has built up the world’s largest collection of Victoria Crosses (VCs), said today:
“I congratulate the CWGC for launching this innovative and exciting project, ‘Voices of Liberation’. I feel privileged to have been invited to play a small part in it, particularly as my late and much-loved father, Eric Ashcroft, took part in the D-Day landings as a young officer.
“For more than a century, the CWGC has been honouring our war dead and this project, in the short term, provides an opportunity to highlight some of the historic events from 75 years ago, including the bravery and self sacrifice of members of our Armed Forces.
“In the longer term, I hope ‘Voices of Liberation’ will provide an important and fascinating archive that will inform and entertain future generations.”
Lord Ashcroft is a long-term supporter of the CWGC’s work and has visited many of its cemeteries and memorials at some 23,000 locations in more than 150 countries. The CWGC honours the 1.7 million men and women of the Commonwealth forces who died in the First and Second World Wars.
To read Lord Ashcroft’s 2017 article in the Daily Mail about his admiration for the CWGC visit: