Shrouds of the Somme- Bristol

On a wet Monday morning a small group of U3A members set off on the train to Bristol to visit the site adjacent to Bristol Cathedral to see the amazing pottery display, portraying the missing men of the Somme, that lost their lives on the first day of the War. 19.500 figures lay on the damp grass as a tribute to every single man that did not return home, and lost their lives on Day 1 of the Battle.  All figures were checked off the records held by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission. Each figure had a designated name of one of the lost soldiers.  Soldiers outside in the rain read out all 19.500 names  continuously until every person is mentioned.

THE FUTURE will be an undertaking to create further shrouds for each of the named 72,246 men whose bodies were never recovered after the Battle of the Somme.

“All these men are laying on the battlefield to this day and in some small way I would like to bring them home.”  quote  Rob Heard.

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