Commemorations marking the centenary of the First World War should not just be about those who served on the front line, says former soldier and South Yorkshire MP Dan Jarvis.
The occasion is a unique opportunity to remember those who worked to keep the country going at home, as well as those who have died in more recent action, the Barnsley Central MP said. The shadow justice minister argued in Parliament it was important to honour the collective effort that ensured victory in 1918, citing the role of women and soldiers from around the Commonwealth.
He also asked the Commons to note the sacrifice of people who kept the country going while so many men were away, calling for a national memorial to mark the debt owed to them.
“These commemorations should tell the story of the miners, the factory and the railway workers, those who worked the land and cared for the wounded,” he said.
Mr Jarvis also paid tribute to the estimated two million women who entered the workforce, many in the munitions industries.