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Shrouds of the Somme

Shrouds of the Somme


Event Details

Creator: SOTM SOTM

Event Date: 11th Nov 2018

Event Id: 13126

Charities Supported:

  • Shrouds of the Somme Foundation - 327489 - 100%
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Target: £95,000

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Raised so far: £2,309.00
Donations: 58
Gift Aid: £389.75

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Event Description

To mark 100 years since the end of the First World War, 72,396 shrouded figures will be laid out in rows, shoulder to shoulder to physically represent each of the British servicemen (+ 829 South African infantrymen) killed at the Battle of the Somme who have no known grave, many of whose bodies were never recovered from the battlefields.

Watch this short film about the project: https://vimeo.com/221573714/3da8e7689c

Planned for November 2018, the display will be extraordinary in its impact and recognition of those who made the ultimate sacrifice. Somerset artist Rob Heard is spending 15,000 hours hand-stitching shrouds and binding them onto each figure individually. He crosses the men’s names off a list sourced from the Commonwealth War Graves Commission. His aim in creating this installation is to give a better understanding of the scale of the losses; what those vast numbers mean, and to individually honour each man who gave his life, but who to this day has no known grave.

Jim Carter, star of Downton Abbey, recently became Patron of the shrouds, and described the installation as “the most moving and graphic depiction of the senseless death in the First World War that you can imagine.” 

We will be engaging schools both in visiting the shrouds and researching the impact of WW1 on their local communities.

We are working with the Imperial War Museum's Lives of the First World War to create an archive of photos and stories of those who are represented in the shrouds.

Profits from the project will be donated to SSAFA The Armed Forces Charity - a superb forces charity delivering support to servicemen, veterans and their families when they most need it.

If you would like to add the name of a specific soldier to your donation, please add in the comment section at the next step.  We will then add your name and the name of the soldier you wish to commemorate to our online supporters list.  Or if you prefer you can remain anonymous.

There is lots more about the project on our website www.shroudsofthesomme.com

 

Comments and Donations
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Kevin Gleeson 
Donated £25.00 (+ £6.25 Gift Aid)
29/09/2017
Michael Chevali 
Donated £100.00 (+ £25.00 Gift Aid)
15/09/2017
Please ask Rob if he wants a physical hand with completing the shrouds. I could offer a day or two over the autumn/winter.
Jean Murray 
Donated £10.00 (+ £2.50 Gift Aid)
07/09/2017
For great uncle Stanley Humphrey Tremelling 1892 - 1915. He died in the Battle of Festubert and has no known grave. He is commemorated on the memorial wall at Le Touret cemetery with 13500 others. Not forgotten.
Nick Scott 
Donated £50.00 (+ £12.50 Gift Aid)
01/08/2017
Very thoughtful project. Thank you.
Rob Mawby 
Donated £10.00 (+ £2.50 Gift Aid)
23/07/2017
Mike James 
Donated £10.00 (+ £2.50 Gift Aid)
19/07/2017
Surely if everyone that appreciates Show of Hands and their superb shows was to commit a tenner we could get this one going? Mea culpa - it was only at the Lost Sound Chorus open night yesterday that it got mentioned and I got a kick up the **** to donate. Good luck with it, everyone X
Mark Daniels 
Donated £50.00 (+ £12.50 Gift Aid)
11/07/2017
Extraordinary dedication, commitment and hard work to such a worthwhile project
Anonymous 
Donated £20.00 (+ £5.00 Gift Aid)
08/07/2017
Diane Wilson 
Donated £10.00 (+ £0.00 Gift Aid)
08/07/2017
Selina MAY 
Donated £25.00 (+ £6.25 Gift Aid)
06/07/2017
Anonymous 
Donated £100.00 (+ £0.00 Gift Aid)
03/07/2017
I heard of your effort here in the U.S. and was moved. Keep going!
Stephenie Chorl 
Donated £20.00 (+ £5.00 Gift Aid)
02/07/2017
My Dad survived Gallipoli and he would want me to support you.
Richard Spaldin 
Donated £50.00 (+ £12.50 Gift Aid)
30/06/2017
A great cause.
susan bowyer 
Donated £99.00 (+ £24.75 Gift Aid)
29/06/2017
Anonymous 
Donated £25.00 (+ £6.25 Gift Aid)
27/06/2017
Elizabeth Wilki 
Donated £50.00 (+ £12.50 Gift Aid)
27/06/2017
Good luck!
Jacqueline Spea 
Donated £25.00 (+ £6.25 Gift Aid)
27/06/2017
James Kidner 
Donated £50.00 (+ £12.50 Gift Aid)
23/06/2017
Valerie Davies 
Donated £50.00 (+ £0.00 Gift Aid)
23/06/2017
Jane Isaacs 
Donated £100.00 (+ £25.00 Gift Aid)
23/06/2017
For:- Hughes - Evan Griffith - Lance Corporal Royal Welsh Fusiliers -10253 (Nominated by Jane Isaacs nee Hughes) Hughes - Ben - Private - Cheshire Regiment - 19806 - (Nominated by Jane Isaacs nee Hughes) Smart - David - Private - Royal Scots - 3679 (Nominated by Audrey Hounam) Barnes - Ernest, Alfred David - Devonshire and Dorset Regiment - 15128 (Nominated by David Alan Hounam) Smart - Walter G - Private - Durham Light Infantry - 25958 (Nominated by David Alan Hounam) Rotherham - Henry - Private - King's Shropshire Light Infantry - 22912 (Nominated by Sam and Flynn Rotherham) Remembering ALL you brave young men - forever in your debt)
John Critchley 
Donated £50.00 (+ £12.50 Gift Aid)
22/06/2017
Nigel Lang 
Donated £25.00 (+ £6.25 Gift Aid)
22/06/2017
They shall not be forgotten. I was so sad to see you did not make your Kickstarter target so am honouring my pledge with this donation and the purchase of the book. I find Rob's work extraordinary from concept to the dedication of construction. I am sure it will be completed to the wonderment of millions of people and I am proud to be involved in some small way.
Derek Stanley 
Donated £25.00 (+ £6.25 Gift Aid)
22/06/2017
Bringing these lost men home to rest is a wonderful tribute.
Ann Boocock 
Donated £25.00 (+ £6.25 Gift Aid)
22/06/2017
Ann Harrison-Br 
Donated £25.00 (+ £6.25 Gift Aid)
21/06/2017
In honour of all who gave so that we might live.
Ian Storey 
Donated £10.00 (+ £2.50 Gift Aid)
20/06/2017
Good luck in this excellent venture. Ian
Jennifer Waddil 
Donated £20.00 (+ £0.00 Gift Aid)
20/06/2017
Michael Westbro 
Donated £10.00 (+ £2.50 Gift Aid)
20/06/2017
Jennifer Randall 
Donated £50.00 (+ £12.50 Gift Aid)
20/06/2017
I saw the installation in Exeter and was stunned by it's bleakness and beauty. It is the most moving experience and I want others to experience the reality of this sacrifice.
Tim Salisbury 
Donated £20.00 (+ £5.00 Gift Aid)
20/06/2017
Rodolfo Vazquez 
Donated £500.00 (+ £0.00 Gift Aid)
19/06/2017
Alison Carter 
Donated £5.00 (+ £1.25 Gift Aid)
19/06/2017
Anonymous 
Donated £10.00 (+ £0.00 Gift Aid)
19/06/2017
James Heath 
Donated £20.00 (+ £0.00 Gift Aid)
19/06/2017
Best wishes and I hope the project succeeds.
Elizabeth Whiti 
Donated £50.00 (+ £12.50 Gift Aid)
19/06/2017
Maureen Smith 
Donated £50.00 (+ £12.50 Gift Aid)
19/06/2017
This project is a reminder of what happened almost in living memory and that it could happen again and, in fact, is happening in the Middle East now.
David Lenagh 
Donated £10.00 (+ £0.00 Gift Aid)
19/06/2017
Hope to see this become reality, a small contribution from David @CharitiesTrust towards this goal.
Stephen Jeffery 
Donated £50.00 (+ £12.50 Gift Aid)
19/06/2017
Sue Harding 
Donated £30.00 (+ £7.50 Gift Aid)
18/06/2017
I saw the shrouds in Exeter, an indelible experience. The dedication of Rob in working to achieve the final number is inspiring in these turbulent times.
Alison Gaff 
Donated £50.00 (+ £12.50 Gift Aid)
18/06/2017
Such a worthy cause, to recognise all those souls whom never returned home ... may they now rest in peace.
Susan Illing 
Donated £15.00 (+ £3.75 Gift Aid)
18/06/2017
Anonymous 
Donated £15.00 (+ £0.00 Gift Aid)
18/06/2017
Anonymous 
Donated £10.00 (+ £2.50 Gift Aid)
18/06/2017
As a child, I remember being told that my paternal grandmother (step-grandmother) had married my grandfather after her first husband and all three sons had been killed in the war. My grandfather had lost his wife in the flu epidemic of 1918. What horrors of just 100 years ago.
Anonymous 
Donated £5.00 (+ £0.00 Gift Aid)
18/06/2017
John Coulthard 
Donated £10.00 (+ £2.50 Gift Aid)
18/06/2017
I congratulate you I think it's fantastic
Anonymous 
Donated £10.00 (+ £2.50 Gift Aid)
18/06/2017
Anthony Whetsto 
Donated £50.00 (+ £12.50 Gift Aid)
18/06/2017
My father and Uncle both served in France in WW1. Both returned safelt. This is in memory of thei comrades who didn;t.
Anonymous 
Donated £10.00 (+ £0.00 Gift Aid)
18/06/2017
jayne walker 
Donated £10.00 (+ £2.50 Gift Aid)
18/06/2017
Anonymous 
Donated £10.00 (+ £2.50 Gift Aid)
18/06/2017
Very sorry you have not been successful...keep going. My small contribution is in memory of my husband's great-uncle who was killed in France 2 weeks before the end of the hostilities in 1918. His grave is known but was not visited until a few years ago. Always remembered.
Jenny Bussey 
Donated £25.00 (+ £6.25 Gift Aid)
18/06/2017
My grandfather, G/11317 Private Horace CATH; 7th (Service) Battalion, The Buffs (East Kent Regiment), was posted missing after being sent out on reconnaissance towards Desire Trench on the Somme. He was 35 years old and left a widow and three children, with a fourth being born the following April. His name appears on the Thiepval Memorial.
Michele Osborne 
Donated £20.00 (+ £5.00 Gift Aid)
18/06/2017
Michael Blackmo 
Donated £25.00 (+ £6.25 Gift Aid)
18/06/2017
I hope this modest contribution with be used to support Rob in his heroic effort to commemorate these tragically wasted lives and remind us and future generations of the futility of war.
Stephen Waite 
Donated £50.00 (+ £12.50 Gift Aid)
18/06/2017
My grandfather was in the Royal Field Artillery at various locations in the battlefield and was awarded the Military Cross for conspicuous gallantry while carrying out dangerous reconnaissance with a Canadian. When my father asked him about the war he wouldn't talk about it, other than to say that he didn't know how he survived. In memory of those who didn't.
Gay Holden 
Donated £50.00 (+ £12.50 Gift Aid)
18/06/2017
Philippa Foster 
Donated £20.00 (+ £5.00 Gift Aid)
18/06/2017
Derek Sharman 
Donated £10.00 (+ £2.50 Gift Aid)
18/06/2017
Robert Beech 
Donated £50.00 (+ £12.50 Gift Aid)
18/06/2017
I am very happy to support this.