The Carmarthenshire MP marked War Graves Week by helping with the cleaning and clearing of the graves.

UK parliament member Jonathan Edwards participated in the annual celebration of the work of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission that took place from May 11 to 19.

Mr Edwards teamed up with Ryan Jones, a volunteer of the Eyes On Hands On (EOHO) project which carries out inspections of scattered headstones at least twice a year.

This project also takes pictures and reports about the condition of the headstones back to the commission.

South Wales Guardian: The duo worked on the grave

Any issues like decayed inscriptions or damages are then reviewed for necessary actions.

In addition to these, volunteers are also trained to perform basic cleaning and maintenance of the headstones.

The MP joined Mr Jones at Llandingat Church, Llandovery, to assist in the cleaning and maintenance of the war graves.

In the process, he gained knowledge of the activities of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

South Wales Guardian: The grave before it was cleaned

The MP said: "It was an honour to meet with Ryan and to discuss the fantastic work carried out by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

"I had no idea that these commonwealth graves were at St Dingad Church and that the commission is responsible for their upkeep.

"It is vital that we ensure that we honour and remember those who died in the First and Second World Wards and ensure that they will never be forgotten.

"Ryan is a real asset to the commission and clearly takes a lot of pride in his work.

"It was a really insightful morning, and I would like to thank Ryan and all other volunteers for their time and commitment to this cause."

Mr Jones said: "It was great to have Jonathan join me to discuss the work of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission and the work I undertake on the ground.

"It is a privilege to look after these graves and ensure that they are kept in good condition.

"It is crucial that we remember the sacrifices made and I believe we should all be more aware of the graves in our local areas."