Rob has just reached a major milestone – the half way point of creating 72,396 Shrouds, one for the life of every British soldier killed during the Battle of the Somme who has no known grave.
He says, “I am on schedule, though it is very tough going. I am working 12 to 14-hour days, but when I think of the men and what they went through, my problems are nothing.”
Having hand-stitched all of the calico shrouds, Rob is now binding the figures into the shrouds at a rate of about 200 per day, every day. They will be laid out shoulder to shoulder in hundreds of rows in an area of over 4000sqm at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park 8-18 November 2018 to mark the centenary of the end of the First World War. Details can be found on our events page