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.
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.
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.