Ghostly figures of First World War soldiers are starting to appear across the UK as part of an art installation marking the centenary of the end of the First World War. The campaign aims to raise at least £15 million for armed forces and mental health charities.
The six foot high Tommies are part of a nationwide art installation called ‘There But Not There’. The campaign is led by former Chief of the General Staff, Lord Dannatt and supported by Birdsong novelist, Sebastian Faulks. It is run by the charity Remembered, which aims to educate all generations about why they so many made the ultimate sacrifice, and to raise funds to help heal those suffering from the hidden wounds of war.
The silhouette Tommies have already begun appearing at:
- Big Pit National Coal Museum in Blaenavon, South Wales
- in sentry boxes usually staffed by Yeoman Warders at the Tower of London
- on Giants Causeway in Northern Ireland
- at Heart of Midlothian Football Club in Edinburgh.
The Tommies will be touring the country until Armistice Day.
Sales Of Commemorative Figures:
The charity Remembered is encouraging members of the public to buy their own 10 inch versions of the Tommies to remember their own relatives. The figures are made by military veterans.
Funds raised from their sale will be distributed evenly between:
- The Royal Foundation: Heads Together
- Walking With The Wounded
- Combat Stress
- Help for Heroes: Hidden Wounds
- The Commonwealth War Graves Foundation
- Project Equinox: Housing Veterans