SHROUDS OF THE SOMME
In honour of those commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, artist Rob Heard has produced over 72,000 figurines hand-sewn into calico shrouds. Using our extensive casualty records, Rob names each Shroud as he completes it, in a highly personal act of remembrance. The Shrouds will be laid out at the Olympic Park over the Armistice period, viscerally reminding viewers of the physical reality behind such a vast number of ‘missing’ men.
Get involved: Alongside the display, the CWGC is gathering memories and photographs of those named on the Thiepval Memorial. Leave a lasting legacy to their sacrifice by uploading your loved one’s story.
Learn more about Shrouds of the Somme.
Second Lieutenant Matt Hancock from the 6 RIFLES laying one of the figures. © MARK PASSMORE/APEX