Artist Rob Heard plans to add thousands more figures to 'Shrouds of the Somme', pictured here in Bristol in 2016, to commemorate the missing soldiers of the Battle of the Somme (Photo: Centenary News)

'Shrouds of the Somme' appeal for 2018 Armistice Centenary

Posted on on 12 May 2017
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A crowd funding campaign has been launched to display a British artist's poignant tribute to the fallen of the Great War in London for the Centenary of the 1918 Armistice.

Shrouds of the Somme drew tens of thousands of visitors to events in Exeter and Bristol, commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Battle of the Somme in 2016.

Artist Rob Heard individually stitched 19,240 shrouded figures, each honouring a British or Commonwealth soldier killed on the first day of the Somme.

He now plans to complete his very personal tribute, adding thousands more to represent 72,396 British and South African troops who died in one of the First World War's bloodiest offensives, and have no known grave. 

Speaking to Centenary News last year, Rob Heard said: "If by making a shroud for each one, I can in a small way bring them home, it should be done." 

The aim is to display the exhibition in London in November 2018 for the Centenary of the Armistice. See Shrouds of the Somme for full details. The target is to raise £150,000 by 19 June 2017.

Centenary News reported from the Bristol 'Shrouds of the Somme' display in November 2016.

Source: Shrouds of the Somme

Images: Centenary News

Posted by: CN Editorial Team