Arundel Cathedral
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    First World War Silhouettes for the Fallen at Arundel
 

Thursday 10th May: Transparent silhouettes have taken their position in the pews of Arundel Cathedral and nearby St. Nicholas Church to honour the fallen listed on their own local war memorials. 93 silhouettes have been placed in both landmark locations to depict the shadows of soldiers left absent in the wake of the war.

Following the overwhelming public support for the There But Not There campaign, that saw ghostly figures of WW1 ‘Tommies’ appear all over the UK; the Armed Forces Covenant Trust Fund has pledged £2 million to drive local community support. Community and faith groups can apply for Micro funds to host their own community owned silhouette installations.

The silhouettes, different in shape to the standing Tommy, are designed to fit into seated spaces and were inspired by an art installation by Martin Barraud at Penshurst Church in Kent in 2016. The installation at Penshurst Church included fifty one silhouettes, one for each name on the local Penshurst war memorial.

It is hoped that communities will honour the fallen on their very own local war memorials, by placing a silhouette for every man that fell in local community spaces. The silhouette installation at Arundel Cathedral and St. Nicholas Church will be present for members of the public to visit between now and Armistice Day.

Other silhouette installations can be seen at Gurdwara Sri Guru Singh Sabha, Southall, Palmers Green Mosque, Palmers Green, St. Margaret’s Church (nicknamed The Marble Church), North Wales and Belfast Royal Academy, Northern Ireland.

Lord Henry Arundel commented: “I'm delighted by the installation of 93 silhouettes at Arundel. The There But Not There campaign is a truly outstanding national venture, not only remembering the sacrifices of those who lived through war a hundred years ago, but also channelling that into real help for veterans and others living today. Like so many other towns around the country, Arundel suffered greatly with the loss of its 93 fallen, and the Cathedral and St. Nicholas Church are the perfect places for us to remember them.”

Alongside the community silhouette installations, members of the public are being encouraged to buy their own 10”/25cm version of the Tommy to remember their own relatives.

The money raised from the sale of these commemorative figures, which are made by military veterans, will be distributed evenly between The Royal Foundation, Walking With The Wounded, Combat Stress, Help for Heroes, The Commonwealth War Graves Foundation and Project Equinox: Housing Veterans.

For more details relating to There But Not There or to see how you could get involved in holding your own installation, visit www.therebutnotthere.org.uk

Please visit https://shop.therebutnotthere.org.uk to purchase silhouettes or Tommies.

Details of funding to communities wanting to be involved and unable to afford these items should visit https://www.therebutnotthere.org.uk/taking-part/armed-forces-covenant-fund-trust/

Freddie Jacobsen, Head of Media, There But Not There


   
         
      From Alex Clouter, the Editor of the Parish Proclaimer:

The perspex Tommy figure of a World War I soldier is also available to buy at the Cathedral Gift Shop, priced at £29.99 each.

Local parishioner, Tony Hicks, recently emailed this message:

Dear Editor,
Hello, I keep thinking of the 'There not there' people, and last Sunday this came to me at Mass:

Shades
Oh traveller as you pass by
go tell Arundel that we died,
Not to answer glories call
but to win this peace for all.