10 January 2018

Stories from the Thiepval Memorial

Do you have a photo, letter or the diary of a casualty commemorated on the CWGC Thiepval Memorial? Hundreds of people have already shared their images and stories, but we need your help as we aim to put a face to the more than 72,000 names engraved on the memorial.


In collaboration with Shrouds of the Somme, the Commission is collating the photos and details of the lives of the casualties commemorated on Thiepval, as part of a major project commemorating Armistice Day in 2018.

So far we have gathered the stories of more than 300 casualties. Can you help us build on this?

Here are some of the photos and stories already submitted:


The Shrouds of the Somme project will mark the centenary of the end of the First World War in 2018, with 72,396 hand-stitched shrouded figures laid out in London’s Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park to represent every name on the Thiepval Memorial. The scale of the sacrifices will be laid bare as the small figures fill more than 5,000 square metres on show for members of the public to pay their respects.

Through the collation of photos and details of the lives of the casualties commemorated on the memorial we will humanise the names and help future generations discover and cherish the stories of those who gave their today for our tomorrow.


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