Poignant soldier statues are installed

One of the silhouettes in The Alnwick Garden. Picture by Margaret Whittaker
One of the silhouettes in The Alnwick Garden. Picture by Margaret Whittaker

Poignant life-sized silhouettes of First World War soldiers have taken pride of place in Alnwick Garden and Castle.

The metal Tommy statues serve as a token of remembrance for the 13 members of the Duke of Northumberland’s staff who made the ultimate sacrifice in the Great War.

The figures will be at The Garden until Armistice Day in November and will be displayed temporarily at Alnwick Castle during The Great War Week, from July 23 to 27.

In addition, visitors and locals will be able to see a number of transparent, seated silhouettes of soldiers in the chapel at Alnwick Castle, which are in place until October 28.

Mark Brassell, chief executive of The Garden, said: “It is a great privilege to honour the heroic First World War soldiers with these iconic statues, which we hope all our visitors will enjoy.

“The Tommies will also form part of the special event on Armistice Day itself with more to be revealed nearer to the day.”

The Tommy silhouettes are symbols of remembrance created by the charity Remembered, as part of its project, There But Not There.

This is part of a fund-raising campaign led by former Chief of the General Staff, General Sir Lord Richard Dannatt, and supported by Birdsong novelist Sebastian Faulks.

In addition to the life-sized silhouettes, a limited-edition table-top Tommy figure, built by veterans at Royal British Legion Industries, is available to buy from https://shop.ther ebutnotthere.org.uk/collec tions/all-products

All proceeds from the sale of Tommies and from donations will go to the project’s six beneficiary charities. These are Royal Foundation.com; Combat Stress; Walking with the Wounded; Help for Heroes; Project Equinox; and the Commonwealth War Graves Foundation.