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Appeal To Remember Somme Fallen In Mammoth Artwork

A crowdfunding appeal has been launched to commemorate the troops who died in the Battle of the Somme and were never recovered...

A crowdfunding appeal has been launched to commemorate the troops who died in the Battle of the Somme and were never recovered.

It's hoped £150,000 can be raised to help an artist hand-stitch a shrouded figure to remember every one of the 72,000 men. 

In order to complete the installation in time to mark the Armistice Day centenary next year, Rob Heard is having to produce around 300 shrouds per day, which takes 15 hours. He's produced around 20,000 so far - and does each one himself by hand.

Working closely with the military, he's aiming to have the figures ready to go on display by November 2018, 100 years after the end of the First World War. 

Mr Heard made one of the figures for each of the 19,240 men lost on the first day of the Battle of the Somme last year, which went on display in Exeter.

But after seeing the impact the display had on people, he knew he had to carry on and finish the job.

Click here to find out more about the crowdfunding campaign...