The lives of brave men and women who died on active service were remembered in a poignant gathering at All Saints Cemetery in Maidenhead yesterday.

The Commonwealth War Graves Commission's head archivist Andrew Fetherston and historian Max Dutton spoke about the 61 war graves at the cemetery in All Saints Avenue, including the first ever woman to fly a jet - Captain Rosamund Everard-Steenkamp.

She served with the Air Transport Auxiliary and died on March 19, 1946 when the Spitfire XIV she was flying crashed.

Everyone in the UK has at least one war grave within three miles of their front door and the CWGC want to encourage people to go out and learn about their local war history and the people who helped keep the world free. This was why they organised yesterday's free talk at the cemetery.

The Royal Borough's Deputy Mayor and Mayoress Cllr John Lenton and Margaret Lenton were among those present.

Andrew Fetherston said: “Everyone the CWGC cares for across the world is important to us, but there are some with incredible stories that have gone unnoticed over time by those who walk past the cemeteries or graves everyday.

“We want to change this.”

All Saints Cemetery has also received its first ever CWGC sign at the entrance to let people know war graves are there.

The CWGC is commemorating its centenary this year.