The metal Tommy put in place by the War Memorial is a symbol of remembrance created by the charity Remembered as part of their project “There But Not There”. It was built by veterans at Royal British Legion Industries.
The Tommy acts as a token of remembrance and is taken from the Remembered logo. It is based on a photograph by Horace Nicholls, a pioneering photojournalist, whose eldest son George died at Arras in 1917 aged 22.
The aims of “There But Not There” project are:
- To Commemorate the Fallen: highlighting the sacrifices made by so many through silhouette installations around the country;
- To Educate All Generations: Particularly today`s younger generation, to understand what led to the deaths of so many people from Britain and the Commonwealth;
- To Help Heal: Those suffering from hidden wounds of post-traumatic stress disorder and other lasting legacies of combat by raising funds for beneficiary charities.
Tommy has been donated by the Parish Council on behalf of all residents and will remain in place for some time. It is expected that many similar statues will appear in locations across the country.
The charities that benefit from the purchase of Tommy are: Royal Foundation, Combat Stress, Walking with the Wounded, Help for Heroes, Project Equinox and Commonwealth War Graves Foundation.