A national charity which supports soldiers and aims to commemorate 100 years since the end of World War 1 is hoping to encourage churches and other community organisations to host installations of seated silhouettes to remember those soldiers lost in battle.

The There But Not There campaign is an initiative from Remembered.

PHOTO CREDIT: There But Not There; Martin Barraud

It is hoped the silhouettes will appear wherever there is a roll of honour, taking names off memorial walls and returning them to the spaces they left behind, putting them back into each community’s psyche once again.

Six foot tall wire Tommies have also started to appear. While the Tommies provide an opportunity for groups to come together and remember those that gave their lives a century ago, there is also the opportunity for individuals to purchase ten inch versions of the figures – haunting Perspex models that can be engraved with the name of a loved one or local hero who served in the conflict.


All money raised will be distributed evenly between The Royal Foundation’s Armed Forces Programmes, Walking With The Wounded, Combat Stress, Help for Heroes, The Commonwealth War Graves Foundation and Project Equinox: Housing Veterans.


If you are interested in a figure, whether you are representing a religious organisation, school, village council or other community organisation, the Armed Forces Covenant Trust Fund will be releasing microgrants to allow as many communities as possible to take part. This grant opportunity will re-open on Monday, September 3 until September 30. This has been extended due to the overwhelming number of applications received.

To purchase a commemorative Tommy www.therebutnotthere.org.uk