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Jim Carter announced as patron

We are delighted to announce that actor Jim Carter is Patron of Shrouds of the Somme. Jim Carter is perhaps best known to today‘s audiences  for his portrayal of Mr Carson, the butler, in ITV's hit drama Downton Abbey, for which he has received 4 nominations as Best...

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A Rifleman reflects

Just under a year ago I was stood in the middle of one of the oldest gardens in the UK surrounded by 19,240 fellow soldiers, all who sadly fell on one day during one of the most horrific battles in British history. Along with thousands of others, we were there to pay...

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What does it mean to me?

A councillor in Bristol asked if he could take part in reading out the names of the dead which we did throughout the time the shrouds were on display. He proceeded to stand for 7 hours in the cold and the rain without a break and said, "They didn't stop, so neither...

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Extracts from our diaries

These are diary extracts  from two soldiers, 100 years apart. Warrant Officer Class 2 (WO2) Ernest Sheppard writing from the trenches in 1915 and Warrant Officer Class 2 (WO2) Elliot Drake writing from Afghanistan in March 2012 WO2 Sheppard was awarded a field...

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How do we talk about death to our children?

In these difficult weeks we all pull our children in tighter, give them an extra kiss and remind ourselves how lucky we are to hold them safe.  We worry about them as they grow up and venture into the world for themselves. Part of equipping them to go out into the...

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