Shrouds of the Somme

Remembering those who gave their all

To mark 100 years since the end of the First World War 72,396 shrouded figures, all made by one man will be laid out in rows, shoulder to shoulder. Each represents a British serviceman killed at the Somme who has no known grave, many of whose bodies were never recovered from the battlefields. The display at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in November 2018 will be extraordinary in its impact and recognition of those who made the ultimate sacrifice.

Stories from the Thiepval Memorial

Working together with the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, we are gathering your stories and images of the 72,396 servicemen represented by the shrouds, whose names are engraved on the CWGC Thiepval Memorial.

Shrouds Story

Watch the story behind the creation of the Shrouds of the Somme on BBC Breakfast


Read the latest news and blog about the Shrouds and the progress being made

Be a part of it

Pre-order one of the shrouded figures or a commemorative photo book or donate to the project.

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Rob reaches half way

Rob has just reached a major milestone - the half way point of creating 72,396 Shrouds, one for...

Their legacy for our future

We are developing a visit and research programme for schools to engage children of all ages and backgrounds in looking at the impact of the losses of the First World War on local communities.

Please contact us for more information if your school would like to be involved