There but not there.

We came across these ghostly figures when we were at St. Pancras Station one day back in September.

We had read about them and was nicely surprised to find them by accident.

Following the 2014 ceramic poppies at the Tower of London, which represented the 888,246 British and Commonwealth Service men and women who lost their lives in the First World War, these six-foot high ghostly Tommies, as they are called, of First World War soldiers are a part of a nationwide art installation called “There But Not There” to commemorate the 100 years since the end of the First World War (1914-1918) in a week’s time on the 11 November, 2018.

The art installation is run by the charity Remembered, which aims to educate all generations about why so many made the ultimate sacrifice, and to raise funds to help heal those suffering from the hidden wounds of war.
The silhouette Tommies are touring the country until Armistice Day and have already begun appearing at several locations:

  • Big Pit National Coal Museum in Blaenavon, South Wales
  • At the Tower of London
  • On Giants Causeway in Northern Ireland
  • At Heart of Midlothian Football Club in Edinburgh.

May’s comment:  You can also buy your own 10 inch versions of the Tommies – to remember your own relatives or just to help raise funds for the Remembered. CampaignThe Tommy commemorative figures costs £29.99 and can be bought from the There But Not There website.All profits* from the sale of the Tommies will enable Remembered to support the following charities: The Royal Foundation, Walking With The Wounded, Combat Stress, Help for Heroes, The Commonwealth War Graves Foundation and Project Equinox: Housing Veterans.


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