We should never forget them

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 Empire servicemen killed at the Battle of the Somme who have no known grave, many of whose bodies were never recovered from the battlefields. 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 creating each shrouded figure individually.

Shrouds Story

Each shroud is individually hand stitched by artist Rob Heard to honour every soldier who died at the Somme but whose body was never recovered.


Read the latest news and blog about the Shrouds and the progress being made


Funding is needed to make this extraordinary project happen. Help make this a reality by donating.

The Trench Exhibition finishes and Shrouds in the News

The Trench at Aerospace Bristol The Trench exhibition at Aerospace Bristol concluded on Sunday...

‘Lost Lives’ Shrouds on display at Thiepval Memorial in France

An exhibit of 1,561 Shrouds, each with a cross marking the deaths on every day of the First World...

The Trench in Filton

Last Saturday the Trench opened at Aerospace Bristol in Filton, South Gloucestershire. The Trench...

Shrouds of the Somme Crowdfunding Campaign

Today we launched a Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign, selling uniquely numbered enamel pin badges...

Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal to visit Shrouds of the Somme

HER ROYAL HIGHNESS Princess Anne will visit the Shrouds of the Somme memorial at London’s Queen...

Their legacy for our future

We will produce a visit and research programme for local schools to engage children of all ages and backgrounds in WW1 and Remembrance.

Please contact us for more information if your school would like to be involved

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