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The Story of Shrouds Of The Somme.

The idea for the artwork behind the shrouds, in which figures representing the dead are laid out in rows on the grass, came to Somerset artist Rob Heard in 2013 while he was recovering from a car crash. He got thinking about military fatalities in history and how impossible it was to visualise the huge numbers involved, “I tried to count out loud the number killed in just one day at the Somme, but ran out of steam at about 1,500.” He realised he needed to ‘physicalise the number’.

Each of the 12 inch figures in a hand-stitched shroud is linked to a fatality at the Somme using records from the Commonwealth War Graves Commission. “As I go through the process of putting the figure within the shroud, I cross a name off.  It’s vitally important that each is associated with a name, otherwise the individual gets lost in the numbers.

Find out more by vsiting the Shrouds of the Somme website www.shroudsofthesomme.com 

The RAMC Association

William Boog LeishmanIn 1926, the RAMC Association was formed to further the camaraderie of WW1 Corps veterans with Sir William Leishman being the first President. There are now some 38 branches around UK with a predominantly veteran membership although most serving Corps members also are members centrally. The Association has traditionally been supported by Corps Funds and especially for the expenses of the branch standards and standard bearers.